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by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 13483

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

That would be an interesting way to allow for a (singly) blinded study, though it still wouldn't stop proponents pointing out that some of the effects of acupuncture probably do require some kind of intervening brain activity. I suspect that it probably does require intervening brain activity. And ...
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 13483

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

that is objectively without specific activity for the condition being treated". And you are arguing that poking someone with toothpicks has some specific activity for something? Yes, that is precisely what I am doing. Pain - if I understand it right - is one way in which the brain interprets s...
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 13483

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

Do you know why medical studies have controls? it's because of the placebo effect, specifically, because it needs removing. No. They have controls so that you can test one variable at a time. This is the fundamental approach to experiments in all scientific fields - physics, chemistry, biology, any...
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 13483

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

Here have another source, (yes a blog but it's linked to a proper paper) http://www.badscience.net/2007/09/acupuncture-and-back-pain-some-interesting-background-references/ surprise surprise, acupuncture works better than a treatment thats failed the people, and EXACTLY AS WELL as fake accupuncture...
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop recommendation -- something durable and adaptable
Replies: 10
Views: 1585

Re: Laptop recommendation -- something durable and adaptable

Idhan wrote:-Durability/Reliability -- I want something that is tough, reliable, and will last a decade.

Why? A decade from now, you will be able to get computing devices vastly more powerful than any laptop you can buy today for free with your McDonalds happy meal.
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS will now pay for acupuncture
Replies: 173
Views: 13483

Re: NHS will now pay for acupuncture

If you define "acupuncture" as manipulation of chi with needles to make people healthy, I agree, it's bunk. If you define "acupuncture" as a resource of related disciplines where practitioners use needles, pressure, vacuum and specific anatomical rules to manipulate the skin and...
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sex Change via Cameras and Software - And Implications
Replies: 15
Views: 1799

Re: Sex Change via Cameras and Software - And Implications

This technology only allows you to manipulate facial expressions. Until it can do everything below the neckline in real time, it will be fairly useless for internet applications.
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!
Replies: 92
Views: 8420

Re: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!

aneeshm wrote:b) Why is it that sexual abuse of people of school age is so widespread, and why does so little of it get reported?

If it's not reported, why are you so certain that it's widespread?
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pharmacist shoots robber
Replies: 41
Views: 4836

Re: Pharmacist shoots robber

There is little doubt that the pharmacist - from the legal standpoint - committed murder.

I do wonder, however, how much consideration the robbers would have shown for the pharmacist's life if the tables were reversed.
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Summer Glau Gun for Army
Replies: 22
Views: 2723

Re: Summer Glau Gun for Army

Organised sport is basically a twentieth century phenomenon Are you sure? and as its grown, so too has global stability. Global stability has grown thanks to precisely one reason: nuclear proliferation. Until the A-bomb and the MAD doctrine were invented, sport didn't do much to deter the shooting .
by tetromino
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best secondary language besides spanish
Replies: 43
Views: 4915

Re: Best secondary language besides spanish

You are still in school, correct? In that case, you should start learning a language with a non-Latin alphabet, a complex grammar, and not too many English cognates. That way, you will be exposed to the sorts of crazy possibilities that exist in other languages (making picking up another language in...
by tetromino
Fri May 29, 2009 12:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!
Replies: 92
Views: 8420

Re: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!

Doesn't a hugging epidemic sound like the best thing in the world? No. Alright, know that part of your brain that raises an eyebrow and screws up it's forehead when it hears someone say "I don't like hugging" because you can't comprehend how someone wouldn't like hugging in general. Sure,...
by tetromino
Thu May 28, 2009 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hate Crime Victims - Young, white, and male!?
Replies: 15
Views: 1746

Re: Hate Crime Victims - Young, white, and male!?

What's that in comparison to blacks killing black strangers and whites killing white strangers? Oh, quite a bit smaller. It seems blacks kill twice as many black people as white people, and whites kill ten times as many white people as black people. True, but (IMHO) not relevant. What types of hate...
by tetromino
Thu May 28, 2009 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hate Crime Victims - Young, white, and male!?
Replies: 15
Views: 1746

Re: Hate Crime Victims - Young, white, and male!?

The statistics sound realistic. In the US, blacks are far more likely to commit violent crimes than whites. In particular, every year for the past 30 years, there have been about 4 times more cases of blacks killing white strangers than of whites killing black strangers . Considering that hate crime...
by tetromino
Wed May 27, 2009 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racially Segregated Proms
Replies: 15
Views: 1668

Re: Racially Segregated Proms

The South is weird.

Since these proms are organized by parents and are not held on school property, the school can't really do anything to desegregate them. I suppose the solution is to wait for a decade or two, when a less racist white generation's children will be high school age.
by tetromino
Wed May 27, 2009 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ban on home grown food?
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

Re: ban on home grown food?

People -- in particular, Gilsamel and Indon -- seriously, read the legislation more carefully :) Having the patience to read laws is a vital skill. The bill defines two mutually exclusive classes of objects that now will be subject to regulation: food establishments (defined in section 3 paragraph 1...
by tetromino
Wed May 27, 2009 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ban on home grown food?
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

Re: ban on home grown food?

Indon, you're right, but you quoted and bolded the wrong section. (13) FOOD ESTABLISHMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- The term ‘food establishment’ means a slaughterhouse (except those regulated under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act), factory, warehouse, or facility owne...
by tetromino
Wed May 27, 2009 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ban on home grown food?
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

Re: ban on home grown food?

It's a real bill. It's sitting in committee. To become law, a lot of things have to happen first: the committee needs to approve it; the House needs to vote in favor of it; the relevant Senate committee needs to approve it; the Senate needs to vote in favor of it; and Obama needs to sign it. So, the...
by tetromino
Tue May 26, 2009 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Believe" to imply doubt
Replies: 22
Views: 3130

Re: "Believe" to imply doubt

Unless my memory fails me, my high school epistemology teacher had defined "knowledge" as "justified and true belief".

So your usage is correct; belief is necessary, but not sufficient, for knowledge.
by tetromino
Sat May 23, 2009 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The ' in Rus'
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: The ' in Rus'

When transcribing from Russian to English, the apostrophe is used to represent the soft sign (ь) or occasionally the hard sign (ъ). (The English alphabet sucks - too few letters.) Originally, the signs indicated vowel sounds: the "ultrashort soft vowel" and the "ultrashort hard vowel&...
by tetromino
Sat May 23, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russians break up 'Satanic' Gay rights protest
Replies: 36
Views: 3631

Re: Russkies break up 'Satanic' Gay rights protest

After the demonstration, riot police detained other gay activists who appeared after the protest and were speaking with the media. As they hauled away Ksenia Prilebskaya, police ripped off her shirt and bra and roughly pushed her into a police bus. Doesn't sound like professionalism and courtesy to...
by tetromino
Sat May 23, 2009 3:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russians break up 'Satanic' Gay rights protest
Replies: 36
Views: 3631

Re: Russkies break up 'Satanic' Gay rights protest

Look at the previous instances. Russian gay activists have been brutalized several times before. Foreign officials included. And who is saying that the police response was surprising? The entire point of this event was to showcase what brutish, oppressive society Russia can be to gays. Instead, the...
by tetromino
Sat May 23, 2009 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"
Replies: 24
Views: 3740

Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Russian : языковые настройки (language settings) / выбор языка (choose language)
by tetromino
Sat May 23, 2009 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russians break up 'Satanic' Gay rights protest
Replies: 36
Views: 3631

Re: Russkies break up 'Satanic' Gay rights protest

0. scrovak: perhaps you didn't know, but in English, the word "Russkies" is an ethnic slur . Would you use the word "Polack" in the title of a thread about Poles? Would you use "Japs" as the title of a thread about the Japanese? I suggest you change the title. 1. The pr...
by tetromino
Fri May 15, 2009 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0584: "Unsatisfied"
Replies: 145
Views: 37037

Re: "Unsatisfied" Discussion

Absolutely selfish of the male character. How is it selfish? In the general case, you cannot force yourself to not have feelings for someone. The best you can do is to push those feelings down and never act on them - just like the male stick figure did(n't). IMHO, the male stick figure's conduct wa...
by tetromino
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Faux amis and/or false cognates
Replies: 141
Views: 17344

Re: Faux amis and/or false cognates

I've always liked the false cognates that come from one language borrowing a word from another language where it has all sorts of meanings, and among those meanings picking only a very specific and unusual one. A foreigner who encounters such a word and tries to use it with the meanings he is famili...
by tetromino
Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 52104

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

So, essentially, you are saying that the major reason why TheAmazongRando is not a serial rapist is that he's afraid of getting maced in the face or arrested. Seems to be a pretty dismal way to view your fellow man. Let me offer a hypothetical scenario. You discover a sexually attractive and helple...
by tetromino
Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 52104

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Why should his sexual attraction necessarily be some special case where he can't resist rape, even though I can? Because adult women (and men for that matter) are somewhat more equipped to understand and resist your requests, or, if you force them, to report you and make you suffer for it. Meanwhil...
by tetromino
Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: implicit differentiation
Replies: 14
Views: 1402

Re: implicit differentiation

To me, the key is that you have to realize that in explicit differentiation, or normal calc, the derivative of y will equal 1. However, in implicit differentiation, the derivative of y is dy/dx. No. The derivative of y with respect to y is 1. The derivative of y with respect to x is dy/dx. And it d...
by tetromino
Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help on Parabola investigations
Replies: 4
Views: 2392

Re: Need help on Parabola investigations

FieryAngel wrote:I am also supposed to prove my conjecture for nos. 3 and 4. Any ideas?

The easiest way to do it is to directly solve for x1, x2, x3, and x4. You will get somewhat ugly expressions for the xN's, but |SL-SR| will simplify to something nice.
by tetromino
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school
Replies: 94
Views: 8634

Re: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school

I don't think y'all understand the issue here. In an ideal world, astride spherical horses in vacuum, the 30% (or however many) kids would take psychology, and work their asses off, pull all-nighters to finish their reading and complete their papers, take a challenging exam at the end, and really ge...
by tetromino
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help on Parabola investigations
Replies: 4
Views: 2392

Re: Need help on Parabola investigations

For polynomials of degree > 2, I believe you are correct that D=0. To understand why this is happening, you can
Spoiler:
try viewing D as a the difference of the sums of roots of two polynomials, and then consider how this difference relates to the polynomials' coefficients.
by tetromino
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 54802

Re: Steal This Comic

why would anyone pay to get music in a lossy format when they can pirate it in a lossless format? You are assuming that the music you want can actually be pirated. More often than not, for an album one wants, the only seeder is located somewhere in the less populated part of Tierra del Fuego, conne...
by tetromino
Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Understanding Russian Cases
Replies: 10
Views: 2808

Re: Understanding Russian Cases

First of all, I'm sure I'll come back more and more. I can't say for sure, but I think I will run into similar problems. I think part of the problem is expecting a literal translation. That's a bad thing isn't it? "Меня зовут супок" means "My name is Marmot" but is literally tran...
by tetromino
Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 54802

Re: Steal This Comic

Lure+Breaker wrote:I used to play .avi files. Recently, many sources I used to visit have changed to .mkv files. I cannot play.mkv files. I weep.

Use MPlayer or VLC. And if you are stuck on Windows, you could also install MPC and a recent version of a good codec pack.
by tetromino
Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fun Math Problem! whee~ center of mass
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: Fun Math Problem! whee~ center of mass

1. The original problem is easy: just use symmetry. I believe the answer is to apply equal forces at (± (sqrt(5) - 1)/3, (6-2sqrt(5))/9), unless I made a silly integration error. 2. The general problem statement you are looking for is: "given a density distribution D(x,y) on the XY plane in R 3...
by tetromino
Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US aircraft dropping like flies
Replies: 41
Views: 5204

Re: US aircraft dropping like flies

I almost wonder if it would be a good idea to, instead of spending X hundred million dollars on each stealth bomber or air superiority fighter, design a relatively modest performance, non-stealth fighter/bomber with the intent of making a crapload of them on the cheap. Sort of the TIE fighter of th...
by tetromino
Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Celebrating difference
Replies: 157
Views: 10732

Re: Celebrating difference

I still disagree. I still assert that he was making a homophobic statement, albeit one of those "I dislike homosexuality but still think they should be allowed to do it, or whatever" statements that aren't nearly as bad as others. Tolerance but not acceptance. Because, again, you don't vo...
by tetromino
Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10315

Re: Bisexuality

What with the spread of bisexuality locally (a significant portion of my high school now identifies as such, somewhere around 20-30%, and as time goes by it has spread to many other areas of where I live) it has been coming up more and more amongst those I know. So, as sort of general thing, there ...
by tetromino
Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Celebrating difference
Replies: 157
Views: 10732

Re: Celebrating difference

taarnling:
What if I am comfortable with gay people, but I am uncomfortable with people telling me I should be comfortable with the people with whom I already am comfortable? :twisted:

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