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by Turtlewing
Mon May 03, 2010 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FTL-com without breaking *too* many laws of physics
Replies: 45
Views: 6645

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

If I were to approach this problem from a fiction-writing perspective (and i couldn't just say "a quantum wizard did it") than I'd probably try this bit of technobable: " As it turns out, for every set of communicating reference fraims there exists a defenition if 'simultanious' that ...
by Turtlewing
Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ethics of artificial suffering
Replies: 120
Views: 14723

Re: ethics of artificial suffering

My point was that any machine made with current technology, using only memory and input to determine output, and being able to accurately simulate a human, should not have moral rights. Nobody has yet fully countered my reductio ad absurdum argument against giving moral rights to such a simulation....
by Turtlewing
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gender: what it means to be a man/woman?
Replies: 130
Views: 9626

Re: Gender: what it means to be a man/woman?

I think some of the double standard regarding "prom sex" comes from the way we think about personal resposability. Normally you are responsible for managing your own risk. So if you are female you are expected to be the one who manages the risk of becoming pregnant, as it's not the boy/man...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ethics of artificial suffering
Replies: 120
Views: 14723

Re: ethics of artificial suffering

Let's extend this thought experiment to the simulation. Your simulation is run by a man in a room, that, following instructions in a book (which is the computer's program written down), will tell the simulated human to scream if the noise level percieved by the machine rises above the pain threshol...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What determines the lifespan of an organism?
Replies: 32
Views: 3242

Re: What determines the lifespan of an organism?

Well you answered your question in your question IF: you remove external factors. Pending no disease, or injury kills you, your lifespan is determined by both the length of your telomeres and the number of times the cells of a vital organ divide, when the telomeres are gone the cell is left to fini...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Of Joggers and Psychopaths
Replies: 35
Views: 10728

Re: Of Joggers and Psychopaths

Cithoge wrote:
Spoiler:
But if the pendulum is swinging in a North-South direction, how do you tell which is which?

Spoiler:
shoes are not spherical, point the toe north, it will still be pointing that way when the cage stops.
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Academia
Replies: 49
Views: 10056

Re: Women in Academia

This is simply unfeasible in many small companies. I'm the only computer engineer in my firm. There is no one else even remotely capable of filling my shoes. For me to go on sabbatical every two years for 6 months would be an untenable position. It's hard for me to get away for a weeks holidays! As...
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Academia
Replies: 49
Views: 10056

Re: Women in Academia

Right. That's not how the world works, and it's not society's fault. Sabbaticals exist, by the way, but in a very narrow context. Generally, a professor will go to another institution and do other work there for a while, or will take time off to write a book, or some other career-developing prospec...
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Academia
Replies: 49
Views: 10056

Re: Women in Academia

This. Perhaps it's not cool to point out, but men have feelings too. We're actually whole real people! Do you think all men really want to be the person out there doing the bread winning? The person who disappears for weeks at a time on business trips? The person who works the 65 hour work week? It...
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What determines the lifespan of an organism?
Replies: 32
Views: 3242

Re: What determines the lifespan of an organism?

This begs the question though of why turtles live longer than humans when we have even less natural predators than they do. Though I suppose if you count humans as natural predators we have more... Humans probably haven't been in the "safe zone" from natural predators as long as turtles h...
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Girls in Gaming
Replies: 163
Views: 16907

Re: Girls in Gaming

Sure, but it doesn't have to sell just to men. After all Romance novels seem to do pretty well targeting women for the same sort of approach, yet no one has made a romance-novel like video game, mostly because of the presumption that to be successful a video game has to target either men or a gener...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Girls in Gaming
Replies: 163
Views: 16907

Re: Girls in Gaming

Yes, because a game developer starts making a game by asking what other people like That's pretty much true. You create games for a demand. If there's no demand then there's no funding and no sales even if you got funding. So I imagine, as a game developer, you'd bloody well find out what other peo...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bring Your Velociraptor To Work Day? We're all doomed!
Replies: 12
Views: 2269

Re: Bring Your Velociraptor To Work Day? We're all doomed!

Velociraptors hunt in packs, all those solitary "pets" are just waiting for you to bring enough of them together for the hunt to begin.
by Turtlewing
Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racial profiling
Replies: 24
Views: 3898

Re: Racial profiling

First of all there is a huge difference between "profiling" (using statistical data to determine based on known characteristics what other charcteristics an individual is most likely to also have) and "racial profiling" (doing the same based primarily or exclusively on what ethni...
by Turtlewing
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PHP Ackermann's Implementation
Replies: 10
Views: 3056

Re: PHP Ackermann's Implementation

I don't know much about the values you're trying to calculate but, I see you're recursively calling functions there. Is it possible your running into stack overflow issues?
by Turtlewing
Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What's with the reverse-double standard about nudity?
Replies: 30
Views: 5350

Re: What's with the reverse-double standard about nudity?

I think it's mostly because the rating systems for both movies and games are highly arbitrary and have little to do with one another. There's no objective standard against which to measure how much of what type of nudity will be "damaging" to a given demographic, so every rating agency wil...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Math Class problem
Replies: 11
Views: 2782

Re: Math Class problem

Well "decode" in this context usually means to extract a written message so chances are the Fibonacci numbers act as a key. The first thing you might try would be mapping the first 26 Fibonacci numbers to the letters of the alphabet and see if something sensical can be made from that.
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 30705

Re: Right to die.

A preposterous and unjustified statement. The main difference between murder and suicide is that in murder you are infringing on SOMEONE ELSE'S rights. It'd be like saying travelling to another country is a subset of kidnapping (you're kidnapping yourself). Or that taking something from your fridge...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Psychology: Is it a real science?
Replies: 195
Views: 33996

Re: Psychology: Is it a real science?

So here we are with a field "Psychology" that is more closely associated with the often flawed application of research than the actual research, and even once you get past that the research is usually lacking because of the restrictions that must be obeyed, and the youngness of the field ...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 30705

Re: Right to die.

But wait a minute, why am I my own? I was raised by my parents, state, and community, who spent resources, have I no responsibilities to them? I bore my children, who depends on me for a flourishing future, have I no responsibilities to them? One must agree that the passing of a life can harm other...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Karma
Replies: 51
Views: 9682

Re: Karma

In my experience morality seems to be an artafact of the laws of ecconomics. Essentially, because specilization and cooperation yields such a signifigant benefit, but is not a stable equilibrium (once a network of cooperating specialists exists the lone indavidual can benefit from antisocial behavio...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Psychology: Is it a real science?
Replies: 195
Views: 33996

Re: Psychology: Is it a real science?

As I see it there are two posabilities: 1. Psyscology is not a science, in the same same sence that Alchemy is not a science (it is study in a field to poorly understood to be concidered science, even though some science is done within the field and one day the field as a whole may become a science)...
by Turtlewing
Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What makes a "script"?
Replies: 14
Views: 1515

Re: What makes a "script"?

I would say a script is a "light weight" single purpose program that runs to completion with little or no intervention from the user once activated. So it should take all the input it's going to get from the user quickely after startup, begin processing and teminate. But the most important...
by Turtlewing
Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What word processor do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 2976

Re: What word processor do you use?

I prymarily used Pages/Microsoft Word in my school days however had I been aware of it at the time I would have made use of Scrivener http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html . it's similar to what you described, and i make heavy use of it for my pet writing projects now that i'm out of scho...
by Turtlewing
Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Connecting to a USB device
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Connecting to a USB device

Thanks for the advice I think I have enough direction to make progress now.
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fiction weapons
Replies: 126
Views: 13377

Re: Science fiction weapons

Its pretty inconsistent but for the most part if the shields on a ship are completely down the ship tends to die pretty quick (unless its the Enterprise which I'd imagine is for drama's sake rather than anything else). Well, Fate does protect fools, children, and ships named Enterprise Also given t...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Spiral frame test
Replies: 29
Views: 3170

Re: Spiral frame test

div tags are basicly just containers (they're sometimes called "layers" in this context), the real meat and potatoes is in CSS (cascading style sheets) which is a language for deffining the presentation of HTML. with CSS you can deffine the size, position, background image, and various oth...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Connecting to a USB device
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Connecting to a USB device

Unfortunatley I need this to run in Windows. After a casual glance over libusb page it looks like it's not strongly supported for Windows. How would I go about writing a driver for Windows? Alternatively is there a comparable library for Windows? This whole project is rather far outside my area of e...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Spiral frame test
Replies: 29
Views: 3170

Re: Spiral frame test

Without wanting to sound to condescending (it's not your fault that this powerful feature you just learned about is actually outdated) fraims are sort of the lead paint of web design. In their day they were useful for a lot of things, but since then it's become aparent that they do more harm than go...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stairgate: Universe
Replies: 763
Views: 75071

Re: Stargate: Universe

I was under the impression that the connection worked between earth an Abydos because they were comparatively close to one another, and therefore the magnitude of the drift was small enough that a connection could still be made with the outdated coordinates. As to having to be close to a planet in o...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Girls in Gaming
Replies: 163
Views: 16907

Re: Girls in Gaming

However, yes.. video games are definitely sexist in general. It all comes down to marketing. Sex sells. Sure sex sells, but you can sell sex to both genders. Games however tend to target men, or attempt to be neutral. There's few if any games based on the premis of "Hey girls would you like to...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hypothetical: Nintendo is making an MMO...
Replies: 50
Views: 4586

Re: Hypothetical: Nintendo is making an MMO...

A Pokémon MMO would be feasible, but you'd have to rework the game mechanics quite a bit. I disagree. The gameplay in pokemon is already set up to fit the MMO model. You have PvE content (walking through tall grass), consentual PvP content (duels with trainers), and "Quests" (Gym challang...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Breaking Rocks
Replies: 13
Views: 1868

Re: Breaking Rocks

If all the energy of your hammer strike goes into a 1kg rock, and the same amount of energy from my hammer strike goes into a 10g rock, then the shock from my hammer strike is obviously going to do more damage to every part of that small rock than the shock from yours. Why is that confusing? It is ...
by Turtlewing
Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Connecting to a USB device
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Connecting to a USB device

How does one go about making a connection between a program and a USB device to get input from the device?
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stairgate: Universe
Replies: 763
Views: 75071

Re: Stargate: Universe

Nope, same galaxy. From watching interviews with writers before/as the show started they stated that their rough intention is to have destiny in a new galaxy roughly every season. All the planets/stop-offs that we have seen so far are different ones in the same galaxy. that seems horribly inconsist...
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hypothetical: Nintendo is making an MMO...
Replies: 50
Views: 4586

Re: Hypothetical: Nintendo is making an MMO...

Pokemon is the obvious choice. It would be almost ebarasingly easy to make a pokemon MMO, and it's one of the best known Nintendo titles around so marketing it would also be easy.
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern versus Historic
Replies: 19
Views: 2624

Re: Modern versus Historic

I think it depends a lot on what the historic sight in question is. I live in a town with a "historic district". What this means in practice is that every house in that part of town has led paint, asbestos, and uninsolated wiring somewhere within it, and if you want to replace one of them ...
by Turtlewing
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Breaking Rocks
Replies: 13
Views: 1868

Re: Breaking Rocks

I'd expect it's related to the ratio between the mass of your hammer/other implement and the amount of energy required to break all the chemicle bonds in the rock (larger rocks having more material and therfore more bonds). Essentially you have to impart X amount of kinetic energy, but with a fixed ...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 43917

Re: D&D: Evolving as a DM

I was reading the latest D&D thread about 'dungeoneering' and it reminded me of something that really started to bother me at the end of my D&D 'career'. Why would someone create a thin walkway, surrounded by lava, full of demons, with a magic item sitting at the other end? The entire conce...
by Turtlewing
Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: answered: Simultaneous sword slice
Replies: 16
Views: 2320

Re: Simultaneous sword slice

You'd probably either end up with both swords being "dented" at the point of contact, or one sword would break and the other may or may not be dented. The later is more likely in reality as the perfectly symetric scenario is rather like "a frictionless cow in a vaccume" in that i...

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