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by PhaseShifter
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711490

Re: Common Questions - Now With Extra Relativity!

HCN is quite toxic, but it's not wildly, crazily toxic. It is also quite volatile (boiling at 26 degrees C) and therefore is going to be very present in air, even when mixed with water, and you can probably detect quite small quantities. While even low concentrations are toxic with prolonged exposu...
by PhaseShifter
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:23 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Worst/Most Confusing Test Questions
Replies: 53
Views: 6388

Re: Worst/Most Confusing Test Questions

In the Mexican yearly exam, the Enlace, last year there was a physics question that used a full two pages for a custard recipe. After that, it said "In which step does evaporation happen? A: 19: Custard finished, B: 3: Heat the water until lukewarm, C: 4: Put the water in the fridge, D: 8: Add...
by PhaseShifter
Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Worst/Most Confusing Test Questions
Replies: 53
Views: 6388

Try to top this one

When I was a freshman engineering major I had to take a FORTRAN class. The TA was pretty horrible at explaining stuff, and put this problem on a test: Write a program to list all of the vectors with a magnitude less than 1. I didn't even get partial credit for pointing out why this is not possible.
by PhaseShifter
Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: $DEITY save us all
Replies: 12
Views: 1884

$DEITY save us all

First it was Java. More recently OOXML vs. ODF. And now the latest: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b34/cspecker/Anarchy%20Online/accidentally.png So here I am, searching for jobs in a world where everyone is expected to use Windows, Excel, MS Word, etc. when it hits me... Microsoft will always be...
by PhaseShifter
Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711490

Re: Common Questions

Is it possible to actually reach absolute zero? I could have sworn that somewhere I read that that would violate some law of thermodynamics, but I can't for the life of me figure out where. I am right in believing this, or was I hallucinating? You're right believing that. 0 Kelvin means stopping th...
by PhaseShifter
Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 476049

Re: Favorite home experiments

Okay, so to start, drink everything in your 2-liter and clean it out with water. Having done this, put a little bit of rubbing alcohol, (around half a cups worth should do it, add more if needed) shake the 2 liter. Anything more than one or two mL is wasteful--it doesn't take much alcohol to combin...
by PhaseShifter
Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0564: "Crossbows"
Replies: 171
Views: 67802

Re: "Crossbows" Discussion

Is it just supposed to be abstract, like he's constantly behind on the work, so people always have an advantage on him. Or is this is a Higgs Excitation joke? Could be a reference the the press embargo for The Secret World being lifted on Tuesday . ...But everyone tracking that knows there is no co...
by PhaseShifter
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marching morons?
Replies: 78
Views: 6596

Re: Marching morons?

You don't even need to believe the whole Adam and Eve thing. Look, you have two parents. Each of them had two parents, giving you four grandparents. Each of your grandparents had two parents, giving you eight great grandparents. This much is common sense--but think about the implications: If you ass...

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