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by Swordfish
Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The future of the military
Replies: 92
Views: 10598

A strange "advanced weapon": I read (sorry I couldn't find the reference back, I read it in a trustworthy newspaper) that why the US were experimenting the MOAB, British were also creating a new bomb. They took a regular one, removed the two-tons explosive charge, put 2 tons of concrete i...
by Swordfish
Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you do? (Explanation in post)
Replies: 51
Views: 4701

Huh, I didn't recognize ID without the FLCL avatar.

Anyway, I tend to hit the video games. Nothing relieves the stress quite as much as virtually killing people who have been dead for over sixty years.
by Swordfish
Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Electricity and safety
Replies: 28
Views: 3408

The current (amperes) is what kills you. Voltage is a measurement of electric potential energy, while current is a measure of how much charge is actually moving through your body. That being said, via Ohms law (I=V/R), you need a fair amount of voltage in order to get a good current. While the amps ...
by Swordfish
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC Dangerous?
Replies: 372
Views: 87036

Anybody want to calculate the amount of matter/anti-matter required to break up the planet and put it in orbit around itself (or however it goes...)? I think there's a "how to destroy the earth" thread somewhere in this very forum, that deals with that. You "just" need to comput...
by Swordfish
Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Living a Sustainable Life - NPR calculator
Replies: 103
Views: 7796

I got 1.9, which isn't bad, I suppose. I scored really bad on the eating part, because, even though I eat less than your normal person, it's still a lot of meat that I consume.
by Swordfish
Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What game has caused you to utter the most profanity?
Replies: 421
Views: 41331

Any fighting game (Tekken, DOA, etc.). It's gota be possible to make a final boss fight that is challenging and not cheep as hell, but programmers are lazy, so they give the boss twice your health, moves that can take away 3/4th of your health in one blow, ridiculous priority, and a hit box so small...
by Swordfish
Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The future of the military
Replies: 92
Views: 10598

The problem is that some early versions of the Objective Individual Combat Weapon (the supposed next-generation assault rifle after the M16/M4) were not modular; you had electronics, the grenade launcher, and the rifle all in one. Last I heard, OICW was canceled. I think the U.S. Military is planni...
by Swordfish
Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Most rewarding gaming experiences?
Replies: 115
Views: 12664

Akula wrote:Bearing down on me was the 65,000 ton battleship Yamato. I commenced a crash dive, and immediately fired all 6 forward torpedoes. I'd guess they all hit, but only one of them detonated. The other 5 probably glanced of the side without detonating.


Thats why you use magnetic triggers.
by Swordfish
Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Lightsaber Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 6088

Captain America's shield was the result of an experiment by a Metallurgist, Dr. Myron MacLain, to create an impenetrable metal for use on Allied tanks in World War II. MacLain worked mainly with Vibranium and attempted to combine it with various metals. Captain America's shield was originally a tank...
by Swordfish
Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Most rewarding gaming experiences?
Replies: 115
Views: 12664

__Kit wrote:Beating FF7...


Which reminds me of when I beat it with no walk-through, fairly under leveled, and probably the worst materia combination ever, and no Knights of the Round!!!

That fight took me a solid hour and a half, but damn did it feel good to win.
by Swordfish
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's ruin Books, Stories, and Films with Knowledge!
Replies: 91
Views: 9614

As for the capacitors in a defibrillator, if Physics 2 serves me correctly then the charging time on the capacitors is equal to the time of discharge which, in a defibrillator, would be pretty damn fast, right?
by Swordfish
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: TLAs
Replies: 37
Views: 3036

Mine would be DNA. What does it stand for? Deoxyribonucleic acid? It had to be done If WAG stands for 'Wives and girlfriends', then WAGs would be kind of like PIN number... Or ATM machine. Anyway I sometimes enjoy taking three letter acronyms and saying them in real life, but using the NATO phoneti...
by Swordfish
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Most rewarding gaming experiences?
Replies: 115
Views: 12664

Aoeniac wrote:3. Quitting WoW.


You are truly a god among men.
by Swordfish
Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Lightsaber Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 6088

Anyway, I'm not sure about adamantium or vibrainium, but Captain America's shield > lightsaber. The sword in Ultimates doesn't count! Lightsabre is better... No, no, no, you don't understand. Captain America's shield is indestructible. Nothing can destroy it, that's kind of the point of the shield....
by Swordfish
Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Lightsaber Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 6088

Dose anyone stop to think just how difficult it would be to actually use a lightsaber without cutting yourself to pieces? I don't know if it is mentioned in any of the lore anywhere, but you would probably have a distinct problem keeping track of where exactly the "blade" is without direct...
by Swordfish
Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC Dangerous?
Replies: 372
Views: 87036

It wouldn't be the first time we built something that could kill us all.
by Swordfish
Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I found this really interesting for some morbid reason
Replies: 28
Views: 3082

keozen wrote:It's scary to think that the mobile (cell phone) that is in my pocket has more processing capabilities than the entire moon lander.


I believe that the common response among engineers to this is "lets see if your phone survives being launched into space," or some-such.
by Swordfish
Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 66809

Wild horses can, in fact, drag me away.

Satisfaction is quite easy for me to attain.
by Swordfish
Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 66809

Handsome wrote:The sun is not a gas, it's a plasma. And it burns at billions of degrees, not millions.


The temperature of the Sun's core is about 24,500,000° F. The song was right. :P
by Swordfish
Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The future of the military
Replies: 92
Views: 10598

Future Combat Systems Thats a quick look on what the U.S. Military is working on. I actually think Wikipedia's stuff on FCS is a bit better though. One interesting thing to note about FCS is the lack of a Main Battle Tank. The U.S. Defense Department has declared/acknowledged that the Main Battle T...
by Swordfish
Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fictional Races
Replies: 153
Views: 11635

And the Elemental in the Jade Phoenix trilogy was the hardest-core motherfucker alive. "Oh look, a dropship. I'll just perch on top of it and wait. Oh look, a mech is emerging. I'll just drop onto the cockpit and tear the pilot's throat out. Yeah, all those PPCs are really doing you a lot of g...
by Swordfish
Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fictional Races
Replies: 153
Views: 11635

I suppose I'd be the first one to mention this, but do the Clans from Battletech count as a separate race? They're technically human, but genetically engineered to such a degree that they certainly aren't natural. Anyway, being a Clan Mechwarrior or Elemental would be pretty sweet. My inherent advan...
by Swordfish
Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Regions of colour in the coastal sea
Replies: 15
Views: 2107

Well, in any case, the sharpness makes sense. The continental shelf is a pretty steep cut off. Steep? In the grand scheme of things, yes it is steep, but I don't think it would cause such sharp changes in water color. The Continental Slope is only a slope of about 4 degrees on average. In any event...
by Swordfish
Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Orbiting Earth
Replies: 18
Views: 1838

I gota be honest, I wasn't aware that there was any suspicion of a hoax with Yuri Gagarin orbiting the planet. Though I think your point about a lack of attention to the Russian's accomplishments in space is a good one. While I have said that I consider landing on the moon our greatest accomplishmen...
by Swordfish
Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone else REALLY hate to be on thyme?
Replies: 45
Views: 5342

What I hate is being the first person there. If I'm the first person there I starting thinking things like "Am I in the right place? Did I get the time right?" And others that involved me maybe not being where and when I should be.
by Swordfish
Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post Your Desktop!
Replies: 2
Views: 677

by Swordfish
Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Moon Landing
Replies: 198
Views: 45777

I saw a picture - don't know if it's a genuine NASA picture - with one of those four crosses slightly altered. It could mean the whole moon landing was faked or it could mean some pictures were edited by someone who may or may not be affilated with NASA. Where did you guys put that razor again? Or ...
by Swordfish
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Moon Landing
Replies: 198
Views: 45777

Oh man, I saw this thread come back up and was raring to take off the debunker gloves again.

That is a funny site, but I've seen it some many times that it's lost some of its humor.
by Swordfish
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tales of....
Replies: 38
Views: 5101

I've gota say, I'm in agreement with Gelsamel here. I love Tales of Symphonia, and thought that Lloyd matured quite well throughout the game, which was kind of a big part of the plot. I also had to yell "Titans, go!" at the beginning of every fight (look up Lloyd's voice actor if you don't...
by Swordfish
Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Unintenionally Educational Games
Replies: 72
Views: 8353

Believe it or not, Metal Gear Solid 3 can be pretty educational. Whoever Hideo Kojima's history consultant was did a damn fine job and most of the things about the Cuban Missile crisis and the Brezhnev faction dissent are actually right. They did one hell of a job fitting that game into history.
by Swordfish
Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Giant hole in universe
Replies: 27
Views: 5105

4=5 wrote:ominous I hope this hole isn't expanding


Well if the universe is expanding, then that hole is expanding. That being said, the space between us and that hole is expanding, so, even though it grows, we're getting further away from it, right?
by Swordfish
Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favorite location in your school or college?
Replies: 70
Views: 5489

My atmosphere lab room, which I will be attending a class in this semester :D One wall is covered with about two dozen monitors, which are usually occupied by atmosphere-related images and models and loops. Another wall is dominated by a couch. The third wall has a row of 10 computer stations for w...
by Swordfish
Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amusing confusion of religious sayings
Replies: 161
Views: 12927

Thou Shalt Not Kill Silly me, thinking they were serious! In that vein: Love thy neighbor as you would yourself. In all seriousness though, that's probably the single most important line in the bible, and yet I see so little of it in practice. The characters are inconsistent, they have conflicting ...
by Swordfish
Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3430539

Perhaps I misunderstood then. I read whole unit as all of the involved organs. Did ID want a term for just the more... outward (for said lack of a better phrase) portions of the system?

Also... *Takes Jauss' pipe, runs* Hehehe!
by Swordfish
Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HOLY SHIT
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Improved laser technology will enable images to be projected at greater distances and with more color, so we may soon see 3D images floating above our city skylines. Bah, and with some cities now beginning to take strides to limit light pollution. Edit: Holy crap that's pessimistic of me. Here's an...
by Swordfish
Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3430539

How about your basic "Female reproductive system." Long winded, uninspired, and a fairly clinical term, but it certainly encompasses everything.
by Swordfish
Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Effects of currents and landmasses and thing on temperatures
Replies: 11
Views: 2399

That wasn't the exact map I looked at, but it's still a good one. The Gulf Stream does weaken in the winter, and it drifts further off the coast of North America. That would lead me to think that the Labrador Current gets stronger. As for the temperature difference in the water between the North and...
by Swordfish
Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How should I decorate my dorm?
Replies: 64
Views: 7954

I'm a big fan of that Abbey Road one (which currently hangs in my room), and Led Zepplin is always a good decision. Might I make another suggestion? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v153/Flyers513/The_Dark_Side_of_the_Moon-1a.jpg No college dorm room is complete without it.
by Swordfish
Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Effects of currents and landmasses and thing on temperatures
Replies: 11
Views: 2399

I looked at a few maps, and it appears to me that ocean currents are a big factor here. New Zealand actually seems to split a warm water current such that it has warm water flowing down on either side of it. Nova Scotia, on the other hand, has a cold water current coming down just to its east, that ...
by Swordfish
Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3430539

CatProximity wrote:hot like bacon grease on a freshly waxed velociraptor.


That is the most confusing simile I've ever seen.

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