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by Sizik
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 327520

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Helbereth wrote:Why would I further doom my child by giving them a made-up name that's even more difficult to pronounce and impossible not to laugh at?


Name him Thibeault, but pronounced "thih-bolt". :)
by Sizik
Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 327520

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

TheChewanater wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:Wait, the YOUNGEST one was going to be Ben? That makes no sense.


http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ben_Skywalker


More likely http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_kenobi
by Sizik
Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 8430

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

I was carefully stopping myself replying, trying to ignore the snobbishness in this discussion. Then I saw this ... and was like ... what?!? Key (major/minor/non-American scales like in Indian music) Non-American scales? Meaning major/minor ARE American scales? As used by great American composers l...
by Sizik
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Do people still use optical RW media?
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: Do people still use optical RW media?

Jorpho wrote:Do they even bother making BD-RW discs for the consumer market?


Yup. 32 GiB flash drives are around $55, and BD-RE discs are around $15
by Sizik
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Complete HDD erasing
Replies: 52
Views: 27493

Re: Complete HDD erasing

Thermite.
by Sizik
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Seemingly ridiculous rules/conventions
Replies: 59
Views: 7358

Re: Seemingly ridiculous rules/conventions

Dobblesworth wrote:I personally don't get the unit kiloWatt-hours. Very silly unit.


Probably because it's an easier to grasp scale for measuring home energy consumption than watt-seconds (like measuring car speed in kilometers/hour instead meters/second).
Also, more people are familiar with watts than joules.
by Sizik
Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2634
Views: 494500

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Dobblesworth wrote:and TF2 has yet to be installed/looked at outside of Garry's Mod.


Methinks you should remedy this.
by Sizik
Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Quick Question about comic 594
Replies: 12
Views: 2408

Re: Quick Question.

The unit of measurement for frequency is hertz right? And it's one cycle per second? That's pretty simple. EDIT: Okay, I'll just be honest here, I've no idea what I'm on about, can somebody just explain it? especially the 413 nanohurtz bit, is that related to the math? 413 nanohertz means 413 * 10 ...
by Sizik
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: A quick rant about Achievements/Trophies.
Replies: 102
Views: 13263

Re: A quick rant about Achievements/Trophies.

Felstaff wrote:(when did they all get added? I replayed through HL2 last about 2 years ago)


They made them for the Xbox 360 version of the Orange Box, but never added them to the PC version until the Mac release a week ago.
by Sizik
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bonding/Combining Ba, C, O and N
Replies: 14
Views: 4482

Re: Bonding/Combining Ba, C, O and N

What about barium, cobalt, and nitrogen?
by Sizik
Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 383
Views: 128131

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Back to the original posts topic of what annoys us in math, this is one of my biggest pet peeves ever (yeah, I know, pretty lame). Math books that number sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3. . . . .1.10, 1.11 . . . It's a MATH book. . . they should know that 1.1 and 1.10 are the same number. I'd be perfectly ha...
by Sizik
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Project: Reading the U.S. Founding Documents
Replies: 115
Views: 10423

Re: A Project: Reading the U.S. Founding Documents

Hmm...so you can donate to the Treasury. We're only a few trillion dollars in debt, right? Theoretically, if the ten wealthiest people in the nation donated, say, half of the money they currently own, we could knock that down by a sizable amount, couldn't we? Nope. According to this page, the amoun...
by Sizik
Sat May 29, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 90's or 90s?
Replies: 113
Views: 38791

Re: 90's or 90s?

tastelikecoke wrote:90s are plural or not?


Plural. They're the years between 1990 and 1999.
by Sizik
Sat May 29, 2010 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Name your poison!
Replies: 94
Views: 10289

Re: Name your poison!

Its going to be rather difficult to inject someone in the urethra without a prolonged struggle first. Strangely you didn't mention the rectum.... interesting ;). That is still going to take a huge struggle, but its going to be easier than the urethra. The urethra stood out in that list as the last ...
by Sizik
Sat May 29, 2010 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain explosion.
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Brain explosion.

What would happen if all of the neurons in your brain fired at the same time? What would it feel like?
by Sizik
Thu May 27, 2010 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Recording your voice (as YOU hear it)
Replies: 3
Views: 1933

Re: Recording your voice (as YOU hear it)

I suppose putting microphones in your ears would work.
by Sizik
Mon May 24, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Odd thought about Recycling
Replies: 38
Views: 4695

Re: Odd thought about Recycling

I hear bamboo grows pretty quickly.
by Sizik
Fri May 21, 2010 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 141990

Re: public misconceptions

Nautilus wrote:Actually, I have very good evidence that uranium is secretly a cat.

But is it alive or dead?
by Sizik
Fri May 21, 2010 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 58942

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

Just a note: OpenDocument didn't become a standard until 2005.
by Sizik
Fri May 21, 2010 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?
Replies: 16
Views: 2771

Re: IE, browser ballot, browser wars; why do we care?

In short Microsoft was trying to take over the internet, but was stopped. However without continued vigilance they would most likely try again. The only thing about this that makes me mad is that no one seems to give a shit about apple, who in my opinion is worse in their anticompetitive policies. ...
by Sizik
Fri May 21, 2010 8:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quantum Teleportation over 10-miles
Replies: 31
Views: 3770

Re: Quantum Teleportation over 10-miles

Wait a second, I thought there was some reason you couldn't use entanglement to transmit information. You are correct. Imagine a simple situation. A particle at rest with 0 spin decays decays into one electron and one positron traveling in the opposite directions at the same speed (conservation of ...
by Sizik
Wed May 12, 2010 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 58166

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

Also, why doesn't Stark get a heart transplant, so he won't have a heart full of shrapnel and therefore won't need a nuclear reactor in his chest?
by Sizik
Thu May 06, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I Am Legend.
Replies: 13
Views: 2446

Re: I Am Legend.

SummerGlauFan wrote:
Sizik wrote:I'll get my mannequins ready.


Did you move Fred? :D


Nah. I usually just let him wander wherever he pleases.
by Sizik
Thu May 06, 2010 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FTL-com without breaking *too* many laws of physics
Replies: 45
Views: 6123

Re: FTL-com without breaking *too* many laws of physics

As mentioned by Jmorgan3 in another thread Sound waves are isentropic: changes in pressure happen in a gradual, reversible manner. They travel at the speed of sound. Shock waves are not isentropic: changes in pressure happen suddenly and irreversibly. They travel faster than the speed of sound. Str...
by Sizik
Thu May 06, 2010 12:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I Am Legend.
Replies: 13
Views: 2446

Re: I Am Legend.

I'll get my mannequins ready.
by Sizik
Wed May 05, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FTL-com without breaking *too* many laws of physics
Replies: 45
Views: 6123

Re: FTL-com without breaking *too* many laws of physics

So let's say hypothetically there's this person, who isn't me, who has not yet taken college-level physics and has no gorram idea how FTL communication would break causality. What would you tell this hypothetical person who, and i can't emphasize this enough, isn't me? The key lies in understanding...
by Sizik
Wed May 05, 2010 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Scone" Pronunciation (Enhanced)
Replies: 50
Views: 9913

Re: "Scone" Pronunciation

I wonder if the same'll happen to karaoke?
by Sizik
Mon May 03, 2010 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I think i broke calculus
Replies: 6
Views: 1056

Re: I think i broke calculus

So i had nothing to do at work and a whiteboard, so i decided to do some calculus. I'm not a great mathematician, and figure i can get better if i practice. I was dicking around with horizontal asymptotes, specifically the equation 10x/(x+1) which is asymptotic to y=10 and approaches it fairly quic...
by Sizik
Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Terraforming Venus
Replies: 34
Views: 8150

Re: Terraforming Venus

The principal difference between [Earth and Venus] is the lack of plate tectonics on Venus, likely due to the dry surface and mantle. This results in reduced heat loss from the planet, preventing it from cooling and providing a likely explanation for its lack of an internally generated magnetic fie...
by Sizik
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Explaining Magnetic Nonsense
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: Explaining Magnetic Nonsense

It could be that the ball speeds up as it gets near the magnet, so that it hits with a greater velocity than you gave it, causing the other ball to shoot off at that speed.
by Sizik
Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Where am I on the curve?
Replies: 33
Views: 3494

Re: Where am I on the curve?

Tac-Tics wrote:Then it gives a rigorous definitions for the idea of a limit (you only learn the intuitive definition in calculus).


The (ε, δ)-definition is intuitive? :)
by Sizik
Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Vector multiplication
Replies: 5
Views: 1194

Vector multiplication

Why isn't there a way to multiply two vectors such that:
[math]A*B = (a_1b_1, a_2b_2, ... ,a_nb_n)[/math]
by Sizik
Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oregon kidnaps Canadian child
Replies: 21
Views: 3677

Re: Oregon kidnaps Canadian child

Diadem wrote:That could lead to very interesting charges against the people involved.


Would that include all of his foster parents?
by Sizik
Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: When they say jump, you say...?
Replies: 18
Views: 12499

Re: When they say jump, you say...?

I believe the proper phrase is "When I say jump, you say how high", which I think I've heard said by a drill sergeant in some movie.
by Sizik
Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Javascript Codes for xkcd.com/unixkcd
Replies: 9
Views: 9388

Re: Javascript Codes for xkcd.com/unixkcd

harris wrote:can you please explain why you use 2/AMD64/Server Rack.


It's a joke.
by Sizik
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Huckabee likens Gay Marriage to Incest, Drug Use
Replies: 89
Views: 8327

Re: Huckabee likens Gay Marriage to Incest, Drug Use

Levi wrote:
Meaux_Pas wrote:Fuckabee.

That would be rather difficult.


Well if birds can do it...
by Sizik
Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electrowetting Color Display PowerSipping, Daylight Readable
Replies: 3
Views: 769

Re: Electrowetting Color Display PowerSipping, Daylight Read

phillipsjk wrote:or "they" refers to the now "standard" LCD screens I complain about


Yeah, I was talking about current ones.
by Sizik
Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plans to arrest Pope underway.
Replies: 90
Views: 9056

Re: Richard Dawkins to arrest Pope.

Not all official actions by the Pope fall under infallibility, though. The word simply doesn't mean what you think it means. I think it means that, as a moral guide, the Pope is considered unable to err by the Roman Catholic Church. I think that is in direct contradiction with the moral standards o...
by Sizik
Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electrowetting Color Display PowerSipping, Daylight Readable
Replies: 3
Views: 769

Re: Electrowetting Color Display PowerSipping, Daylight Read

Why don't they do what the GameBoy did and put a reflective backing behind the LCD, so you can turn your brightness DOWN in bright sunlight?
by Sizik
Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [Biology] Human protein absorbtion
Replies: 4
Views: 835

Re: [Biology] Human protein absorbtion

My question is this: If proteins are consumed orally, do they only have a positive effect in the stomach (helping digest foodstuffs etc) or can they actually have an effect on other areas of the body? Would it make any difference if taken on an empty stomach? Yes, it's called not starving to death....

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