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by Solt
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Largest Arms Deal In U.S. History
Replies: 37
Views: 4443

Re: Largest Arms Deal In U.S. History

War of independence? I did say last half century. Back then (1948) war was different and air superiority didn't mean much. They aimed for big, stationary targets like cities and bomb factories and rail yards. The didn't have the efficiency to fly around looking for their targets or the speed to be ...
by Solt
Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15272

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

Anyway if we know the Arab leaders want to bomb Iran doesn't that help... Iran? Also all us people who like to know the truth. I would love to know the details of every top secret CIA and DoD program. It would probably be some of the most entertaining stuff you could possibly know, better than ever...
by Solt
Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Largest Arms Deal In U.S. History
Replies: 37
Views: 4443

Re: Largest Arms Deal In U.S. History

Also the F-15 is a rather old plane. Its not like we are selling them F-35s The F-15s rolling off the assembly line in 2010 are hardly the same aircraft as entered service with USAF in the 80s. A two-seat, twin engine, 45,000lb aircraft does have its advantages over the single-seat, 30,000lb F-35. ...
by Solt
Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15272

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

Yea I've changed my mind. I mean, revealing massacres by the military is one thing and is totally cool with me. But this is actually going to jeopardize our national security. And for what? To let the world know that Arab leaders want to bomb Iran? WHO IS THAT POSSIBLY GOING TO HELP. And in my opini...
by Solt
Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15272

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

The problem I have is that my government is engaging in actions which, when they become public knowledge, are damaging to relations with allied countries. Dear United States government, on behalf of myself, being one of the citizens you represent, please stop doing this shit. It’s one thing if leak...
by Solt
Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building A Robot From Scratch
Replies: 21
Views: 4198

Re: Building A Robot From Scratch

You kind of look like a jerk for starting 5 different blogs about how you're going to build a robot and then not updating them.
by Solt
Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Door Step Geo-engenering
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Re: Door Step Geo-engenering

Ha. /thread.

But really:

Get elected to congress.

Tax gasoline to raise its price.

Done.
by Solt
Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will happen once society learns everything?
Replies: 28
Views: 4404

Re: What will happen once society learns everything?

HungryHobo puts it very well, if not a little dramatically. And, like HungryHobo I prefer the economic approach. If you have the skinny on how to live a better life by being technology free, why are you sitting in front of your computer posting on xkcd? Go live that life. here's just one example. ea...
by Solt
Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will happen once society learns everything?
Replies: 28
Views: 4404

Re: What will happen once society learns everything?

you can give your sarcastic reply if you want. i'm not afraid of it. ;) i'm kinda curious; i appreciate the power of sarcasm. i just don't use it that often. I would, but this is Serious Business so I'll pass on angering the mods :lol: it's our historical sterilization of our environment that weake...
by Solt
Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will happen once society learns everything?
Replies: 28
Views: 4404

Re: What will happen once society learns everything?

it's the only way to save us within our current cultural ideology that says cure it with technology when technology was the problem to begin with. Oh definitely. Technology is what caused smallpox and polio. I'm with you 100%. i.o.w. the universe is made of mystery and you can't assimilate that Wow...
by Solt
Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will happen once society learns everything?
Replies: 28
Views: 4404

Re: What will happen once society learns everything?

I'm sure we'll discover the answer to that question in due course. You know, by definition.
by Solt
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Put a computer in a TI Calculator's body
Replies: 18
Views: 5312

Re: Put a computer in a TI Calculator's body

It's fundamentally pointless given that one is a touch-screen and the other contains only a keyboard and low resolution mono-chrome screen. You can't "interface" them in any meaningful way without writing your own hardware drivers and programs that create their own interactive environment....
by Solt
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia and breakaway states
Replies: 10
Views: 3507

Re: Russia and breakaway states

Maybe Russia would support Texas if we chose to secede. :P Well, they supported Cuba when it seceded from the US. But I am not sure Texas can play that whole colonial oppression thing with a straight face. Replace the word colonial with federal and I'm sure many Texans would disagree. Replace Feder...
by Solt
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Staying Motivated
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: Staying Motivated

Otherwise I'll have to do them outdoors. In mid-winter. If you can't do a high calorie burning full body exercise outside, naked, in the middle of winter, you're doing something wrong. 10 calories/minute is 42,000 J/min which is enough to raise the temperature of 42 kg of water by 2 degrees centrig...
by Solt
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Am I doin' it right?
Replies: 12
Views: 2820

Re: Am I doin' it right?

Last I checked was 6 months ago and I was like 12% BMI I have a noticebly fatty chest and stomach (I can easily pinch an inch, and there's about an inch of fat between my stomach and abs.) I'm about 128 lbs, 5' 3" That doesn't quite add up. Are you sure you don't mean 21%? That said, assuming ...
by Solt
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia and breakaway states
Replies: 10
Views: 3507

Re: Russia and breakaway states

In return Russia gets instability on its borders Why do you assume this is bad? Weak neighbors = no weaknesses. And the worst kind of neighbor is one who is stable and scared enough to ally with your biggest enemy, aka the United States. Just like we freaked out when the Russians planted nukes in C...
by Solt
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mechanical Engineering, or, A Crisis in Profession
Replies: 8
Views: 1480

Re: Mechanical Engineering, or, A Crisis in Profession

I would like to get into the more researchy end of engineering, dealing with earthquake-resilient structures or tensegrity or something like that. It might make more sense for you to do civil engineering with these interests. However, I'd still take a linear system control course for the earthquake...
by Solt
Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:23 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 23252

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

I realize I'm a bit late to the discussion and this has probably already been said, but arguing math should be taught for the sake of learning math is, to me, a silly argument. What it really comes down to is this: I know a 17 year old kid that is applying for college right now and has no idea what ...
by Solt
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Undergraduate Statics Textbook
Replies: 19
Views: 3068

Re: Undergraduate Statics Textbook

I took a look at Hibbeler on Google Books and it looks like it doesn't really cover anything that my Physics 101 class didn't. Mechanical Engineering doesn't "really" cover anything physics didn't, to be honest. Dynamics is the principle of least action for rigid bodies, fluids is the nav...
by Solt
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Home Made Rail Gun
Replies: 17
Views: 5085

Re: Home Made Rail Gun

Yea no point in going into the Farad range because you lose voltage, and as we know from the energy equation, .5*C*V^2, high voltage is more important than high capacitance. But that's only after a point. For example OP could obviously increase Capacitance by a few orders of magnitude without sacrif...
by Solt
Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Staying Motivated
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: Staying Motivated

Don't do an exercise you hate. That simple. I love weight lifting because I can see the progress I'm making week over week in my logs. I can feel myself getting stronger, and I love doing a lift and then thinking "I've never been as strong as I am right now". My real goal is to get bigger,...
by Solt
Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Home Made Rail Gun
Replies: 17
Views: 5085

Re: Home Made Rail Gun

eggs wrote:If your curious im getting about 24 capacitors, each of them have 330 volts and 120 micro farads.


You realize that's only about 150 Joules total, right?

You're going to have to do better than that dude. What are you paying here and there?
by Solt
Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Home Made Rail Gun
Replies: 17
Views: 5085

Re: Home Made Rail Gun

ALWAYS wear safety glasses. Regular glasses don't count. They have to be shatter resistant. With that said, I think the biggest problem is getting the capacitors. They're quite expensive new and legit. Unless you have unlimited funds, the rail gun won't happen until after you somehow acquire a good ...
by Solt
Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think the next type of engineering will be?
Replies: 26
Views: 3303

Re: What do you think the next type of engineering will be?

Claiming that bio-engineering already exists is a serious disservice to the potential of the field. For now it's basically implanting devices and building stuff to assist medicine. That's bio-medical engineering. The point was bio-engineering doesn't exist, as OP claimed. Real bio-engineering will ...
by Solt
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Normally-open thermostat control
Replies: 4
Views: 4440

Re: Normally-open thermostat control

You can test your theory a few ways. You could try wiring up an inverting amplifier with gain set to 1 between the control unit and heater control. This is not trivial though for many reasons. It could get complex, and is only necessary if you really need an analog signal, which I doubt. Simply reve...
by Solt
Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think the next type of engineering will be?
Replies: 26
Views: 3303

Re: What do you think the next type of engineering will be?

Claiming that bio-engineering already exists is a serious disservice to the potential of the field. For now it's basically implanting devices and building stuff to assist medicine. Real bio-engineering will involve crafting bacteria to carry out chemical or assembly processes of importance, viruses ...
by Solt
Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Help for a jogging beginner
Replies: 18
Views: 2678

Re: Help for a jogging beginner

Just to point out Solt; most aren't living the lifestyle that they lived, that made that possible. Our ancestors didn't eat diets rich in fats and sugars, and spend approximately eight hours a day sitting on a padded surface exercising their hands. Very true, which is why I told OP to PROGRESS SLOW...
by Solt
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unhappy with my graduate school
Replies: 3
Views: 1482

Re: Unhappy with my graduate school

So you're going to sit there and only learn what they spoon-feed you?

You're going nowhere in life with that attitude, the PhD won't make a difference.
by Solt
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Help for a jogging beginner
Replies: 18
Views: 2678

Re: Help for a jogging beginner

If you can find a running store near you, they can have tons of advice. Yea, advice like "buy running shoes oh hey look we've got some good ones whadya know..." Do you really think our human and proto-human ancestors, who regularly walked and ran dozens of miles tracking prey, needed good...
by Solt
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Guaranteed to happen eventually
Replies: 10
Views: 1428

Re: Guaranteed to happen eventually

Someone somewhere, in one of the billions of galaxies, will contact someone else from another planet. Not saying it's going to be here.
by Solt
Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building A Robot From Scratch
Replies: 21
Views: 4198

Re: Building A Robot From Scratch

okay, lets see, in this box here, I have a breadboard, and I have a small spool of wire somewhere...so, I just get LEDs and resistors? If you want to spend your days staring at blinking lights. To really kit yourself out I'd say you need to spend $30 at least. This includes transistors, voltage reg...
by Solt
Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Kinematics and Dynamics and Tables Oh My!
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Kinematics and Dynamics and Tables Oh My!

c) displacement = h d) displacement = 2h It's after here that I start to run into trouble. First of all, for part d, was that what they are they looking for? Oh, c'mon, you can do better than that! You can figure out the position of the block as a function of time, x(t). This is especially true bec...
by Solt
Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0814: "Diode"
Replies: 137
Views: 61341

Re: 0814: "Diode"

I fail to find it funny because it's not a particularly clever or funny joke. It's about as funny as "Man walks into a bar. Ouch". Where in the world did you guys get the impression that xkcd was supposed to be funny? I checked the front page and it doesn't say that anywhere, so if you gu...
by Solt
Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0814: "Diode"
Replies: 137
Views: 61341

Re: 0814: Diode

Jebobek wrote:I think many fail to find this one funny mainly because their SO has been doing that for years without a diode...


I hear you :-(
by Solt
Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: AC miniUSB port cell phone charger: can use on mp3 player?
Replies: 11
Views: 3948

Re: AC miniUSB port cell phone charger: can use on mp3 playe

If the voltage is correct the only reasons it wouldn't work are 1) The device will draw the max rated current or higher 100% of the time it is connected. Eventually the source will burn out. 2) The source provides such little current it doesn't even trigger the charging circuit. Basically, as long a...
by Solt
Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Natural-issue-proof safe
Replies: 22
Views: 2283

Re: Natural-issue-proof safe

Scyrus wrote:along with small drawings that translate to a senseless mass of pixels when scanned.


Not trying to dissuade you from preserving the stuff but you'd be surprised how good modern scanners are. I would be amazed if your drawings are pixelated at 2400 dpi and still visible by the naked eye.
by Solt
Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building A Robot From Scratch
Replies: 21
Views: 4198

Re: Building A Robot From Scratch

I also found some nerdkits thing that looks to prove useful. That kit seems to focus on electronics only (ie, the LCD screen). I'd stay away from anything that doesn't include motors, steppers, and the like. I'm considering buying the kit here and figuring out how the different parts work and then ...
by Solt
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dual-Purpose LINE-IN signal splitting ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1318

Re: Dual-Purpose LINE-IN signal splitting ?

My Lenovo does this thing where the input to the built-in mic is always relayed through the laptop speakers, so I have to keep the mic off most of the time unless I want to hear my harddrive clicks amplified. It doesn't do this through the headphone jack however.

Anyone else's laptop do that?
by Solt
Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Exercises to help with holding arms above head
Replies: 9
Views: 2988

Re: Exercises to help with holding arms above head

On a related note, although I am weak overall, my shoulders are pathetic. I can't bench my body weight, and I can't shoulder press even half my body weight. My shoulders pop and crack when they move, which is why I don't work on them a lot. They are sometimes sore all day if I sleep on my side stra...
by Solt
Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dual-Purpose LINE-IN signal splitting ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1318

Re: Dual-Purpose LINE-IN signal splitting ?

Are you saying it's an input and an output simultaneously?

Or is there a software switch?

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