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by WibblyWobbly
Wed May 29, 2013 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"
Replies: 93
Views: 59462

Re: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"

eSOANEM wrote:Gif ... makes more sense because it's a Graphical Interchange Format file.

Graphical.

With a hard g.

End discussion. Everyone else is wrong.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue May 28, 2013 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polynomial for fine structure constant and higgs boson mass
Replies: 197
Views: 113923

Re: Polynomial for fine structure constant and higgs boson m

Ok how about this. Pi = space and e = energy and the trigonometric functions are rotations of space itself. I found some equations to explain the ratio of quark masses: I think I'm still not getting this. Why? Why can't I just as easily say Pi = cobbler and e = golf and then claim trigonometric fun...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun May 26, 2013 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman Sues NBA player For Alleged Rape (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 106
Views: 18584

Re: Woman Sues NBA player For Alleged Rape (Trigger Warning)

Do libel laws work like civil or criminal court? In the burden of proof sense. That is, is it libel/slander if what you said is just barely probably not true, or only if not true beyond a reasonable doubt? Like, there is a 20% chance that X raped Y, is calling X a rapist libel? Defamation law is pr...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu May 23, 2013 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 27657

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

Shia Muslims have the Supreme Ayatollah, I suppose, but I don't think any other branch even has an Archbishop of Canterbury equivalent. Really? I wasn't aware of such a leader, even in the Shia branch. I know there are a few dozen Grand Ayatollahs, but they're quite capable of arguing among themsel...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu May 23, 2013 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 27657

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

Seriously, who do you want to issue the condemnation? The Pope of Islam? That's a long wait for a train don't exist.

Would a group of British Muslims suffice?
by WibblyWobbly
Sat May 11, 2013 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2574
Views: 419795

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Picked up SMAC and SMAX from GOG recently. My thesis doesn't need to be written THIS year, does it?
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Animal Rights Activists Trash Italian Lab
Replies: 170
Views: 14170

Re: Animal Rights Activists Trash Italian Lab

To be fair, ALL systems of morality hinge on an arbitrary choice. They all hinge on one or more unprovable axioms, but I wouldn't say all choices of such axioms are arbitrary. Just out of curiosity: can you provide an example of such an axiom that isn't arbitrary? It just seems that if the axiom is...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of Propagation of a Magnetic Field.
Replies: 116
Views: 25406

Re: Speed of Propagation of a Magnetic Field.

Well i see we can't talk freely here without being insulted. Openness of mind is what make science go forward. You are behaving like the one who told humanity that the earth was flat for so long and burned the heretics... So it's goodbye for me and i'm sure i won't be missed. Two plus two is equal ...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Here's part of the definition of terrorism, linked earlier. (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or k...
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:From my facebook feed: "Lifeguard captured in boat on land in Watertown." (Apparently he worked as a lifeguard at Harvard about two years ago.)

I hate to say it, but I'm already waiting for the Dzokhar Tsarnaev "I'M ON A BOAT" meme.
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

I will say, as someone who rarely watches the news, this whole weeks events have cemented in my mind how utterly fucking useless 'breaking news broadcasts' are. This! (The exclamation mark is a factorial, to describe how much "This" I mean by "This") It's hard to remember a rece...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

i think you may just be vastly underestimating the manpower needed to actually DRAW that circle without making it a dotted line, when that circle is an impermeable perimeter of police over a mile or so of city. Well, let's do the math. The diameter being a mile means that the circumference of the c...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89813
Views: 6708194

Re: unwashed dishes and toilet paper tubes

Meh, we won't have that many guns after Obama dismisses Congress, takes over the military without a fight and hands over the US to the UN, who will then run the nation as an atheistic communist-fascist hyper-North Korea. Once that happens, the UN will immediately send in the blue-helmets for their t...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

I'm not saying I support cameras everywhere, but doesn't the UK have CCTV cameras everywhere? Is it controversial over there or is it accepted security measures? People moan and gripe about it, but ultimately don't kick up too much of a fuss about it. I could easily be very wrong about this, but I ...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Even when we're not talking about traumatic situations, Boston is a pretty great city. I've only ever been to Boston once, and only for a week (and it was in winter, so the weather didn't want to cooperate), but it still seemed like a very cool place. My family is originally from that area, and I'd...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Considering that the bomber would most likely be starting from the phrase and working toward the anagram, I like to think that, for a mad genius masterstroke, they could do better than "hurl nail deep out". Especially considering it wasn't a nailbomb. Instead, consider that with a noisy e...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 86462

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Anything that releases a bunch of energy at once is going to create a pressure wave. High explosives create true "shock waves" (blast waves) but low explosives don't. Probably something I should just google around for, but does combustion release pressure waves? I only ask because I think...
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 23044

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Suppose that it is the year 20xx and cybernetic limb and organ replacements are reaching the point where they are indistinguishable from normal human limbs and organs, but thousands of times more efficient. Thus, they have the effect of extending human life by potentially hundreds of years and impr...
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 23044

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Oh come now, this is just meaningless nitpicking. You might as well complain that a fat person can't stop a train with their body; you're utterly missing the point. Assume that the round was a dud if you feel the need to define the scenario to such precision. Thought experiments are somewhat worthl...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 149342

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

At the time of this posting, England links to Countries of the United Kingdom which then links back to England. I apologize for going OP here, but I just had to say this: I haven't seen your posts before, but I'm pretty sure that's the best choice of username. Ever. And I thought my own wasn't too ...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 23044

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

There really is enough straw here to feed a few cows... Screw that; there's enough straw here to build a standing army of scarecrows. And somewhere in that vast company is the idea that one can argue a position without holding it, but it seems that here, everyone's forgotten that idea, or they've c...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 23044

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Belial wrote:Man, if I thought it wouldn't come off as either sexual pressure or a joke about "oversensitivity", I would totally start confessing to having a penis on first dates.


"It's not like I was TRYING to have a penis, it was just there when I woke up!"
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire
Replies: 94
Views: 25659

Re: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire

DSenette wrote:clothed, but clothed in a 70's polyester leisure suit because polyester and fire make for horrific results.

as to your friend's contention that he wouldn't want to die without clothes on.....well that's stupid

Don't forget the "Disco Inferno" jokes.
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Simulating cells
Replies: 10
Views: 2066

Re: Simulating cells

Great and thought out reply, WiblyWobly. I just have to clarify this: [Quantum-level simulations? Tass is on the money here. It's currently challenging to simulate several hundred atoms at anything at or beyond picosecond scale. It's NEAR IMPOSSIBLE to do it for thousands of atoms, as far as I know...
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire
Replies: 94
Views: 25659

Re: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire

Ralith The Third wrote:CLOTHES OBSTRUCT THE FLAME. THEY FEED BUT BEFOUL IT. TRUE ONE-NESS WITH THE FLAME COMES WITHOUT FLAGELLATING GARMENTS.

I DON'T WANT THE FLAME TO SEE MY NAUGHTY BITS BEFORE WE'RE MARRIED. IT'S NOT RIGHT, I TELL YOU.
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Simulating cells
Replies: 10
Views: 2066

Re: Simulating cells

Thanks for your reply. Using your numbers we would need around 6.4*10^25 updates per second to simulate a small cell real time. Optimistically assuming each update takes around 3 computing operations to accomplish* we would only need 10 billion of the world most powerful supercomputers to do so. Co...
by WibblyWobbly
Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: NK - nuclear questions
Replies: 79
Views: 17773

Re: NK - nuclear questions

A question related to NK: After reading through this and some news stories, it seems unlikely Kim would start a war with nuclear weapons, but what do you think about ending a war with them? Maybe they start a war conventionally, with their sizable artillery reserves. Damage SK a lot, but not take it...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire
Replies: 94
Views: 25659

Re: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire

Bonus points: soak your clothing in fuel or accelerant into which you've added some form of metal salt solution. I suggest impregnating your shirt with strontium chloride and your pants with copper sulfate, for that Christmas-y glow as you melt into oblivion. It's kind of the wrong season for that,...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire
Replies: 94
Views: 25659

Re: Nudity and Lighting Yourself on Fire

Bonus points: soak your clothing in fuel or accelerant into which you've added some form of metal salt solution. I suggest impregnating your shirt with strontium chloride and your pants with copper sulfate, for that Christmas-y glow as you melt into oblivion.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Simulating cells
Replies: 10
Views: 2066

Re: Simulating cells

Do you want simulation on the chemical reaction level, or in the atomic level? These are vastly different options. Depends on your simulation method. Quantum chemistry methods can at least attempt to tackle reactions. How hard would it be to simulate every atom and chemical reaction in a cell? The ...

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