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by Sanjuricus
Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 27468

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

I'm quite a fan of the "speak softly and carry a big stick" school of thought. ( http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/speak-softly-and-carry-a-big-stick.html ) Be kind, genial and considerate when dealing with others but be prepared to be a hard-ass if the situation calls for it (Not break o...
by Sanjuricus
Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 33014

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

I've always defended The Phantom Menace as the "scene setter" for the rest of the timeline and have excused its inclusion of whiney Anakin and unecessary JarJar... ...then I watched it the other night to appease my longing for early access to SWTOR...Oh me yarm it's pants! Very few scenes ...
by Sanjuricus
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really BIG Black Hole discovered.
Replies: 47
Views: 6194

Re: Really BIG Black Hole discovered.

I have a question with regards to the density calculations shown about half way down the first page of this thread: What would come out of those calculations if applied to a typical Neutron star? I'm assuming that the result would be a much higher density than a black hole due to the absence of an e...
by Sanjuricus
Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: String theory for the mathematically illiterate?
Replies: 10
Views: 3027

Re: String theory for the mathematically illiterate?

Cool. I must compliment you on your way of explaining things like this, very clear, not at all condescending and most importantly, understandable. Many thanks. :)
by Sanjuricus
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: String theory for the mathematically illiterate?
Replies: 10
Views: 3027

Re: String theory for the mathematically illiterate?

Apologies for the unintended insult, I did mean it in a positive way which is why I preceded it with the word lovely. :) Thanks also for the explanation, very much explained in terms my mathematically inept brain can understand. Do you mind if I re-iterate, just to make sure I am grasping the correc...
by Sanjuricus
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: String theory for the mathematically illiterate?
Replies: 10
Views: 3027

String theory for the mathematically illiterate?

I don't really "do" maths, something about mathematics just doesn't work with my brain...but I understand concepts very well and I'm hoping someone on here can explain some maths to me in terms of concepts rather than formulas...but I fear that my question might negate that possibility: I ...
by Sanjuricus
Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cosmology Question
Replies: 21
Views: 2508

Re: Cosmology Question

How is time treated close to the Big Bang? Does physics have a "time zero" or do the graphs just go asymptotic? eg GR compresses time so there's a infinite amount of time behind us, even though there's a finite limit of 13.7b years from our perspective? Well, with the current definition o...
by Sanjuricus
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Which computer to buy? (MBP vs Pc)?? urgent!
Replies: 25
Views: 6709

Re: Which computer to buy? (MBP vs Pc)?? urgent!

If you're after Apple bling in a laptop, you could do worse than look at a Sony Vaio or a top end Dell XPS. :)
by Sanjuricus
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?
Replies: 83
Views: 55709

Re: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?

Iranon wrote:I believe in plain speaking, and dispassionate analysis (especially in matters I'm passionate about).

Mincing words to avoid offense is as much of an unnecessary complication as gratuitious jerkwaddery.

Well said that man!!! :)
by Sanjuricus
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Billion year old Bacterial enzyme created...
Replies: 2
Views: 5673

Re: Billion year old Bacterial enzyme created...

Cool. Thanks very much for that. Much appreciated. :)
by Sanjuricus
Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Billion year old Bacterial enzyme created...
Replies: 2
Views: 5673

Billion year old Bacterial enzyme created...

With reference to this brief article here --> http://richarddawkins.net/articles/643720-researchers-create-billion-year-old-bacteria-and-trace-its-evolution I'm wondering if any of you scientist types could shed a little more light on this subject. I've had a cursory google but found nothing about w...
by Sanjuricus
Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Macs can get viruses
Replies: 35
Views: 13591

Re: Macs can get viruses

Meem1029 wrote:Ah, interesting. For some reason I had thought that UNIX was just the certification and not an actual operating system. Which is odd since I knew very well that it indeed did exist as an os.

Happens to us all at some point! LOL Just the other day I....erm...what was I talking about?...
by Sanjuricus
Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Macs can get viruses
Replies: 35
Views: 13591

Re: Macs can get viruses

Also, unless I'm mistaken Mac OSX has actually been certified as a UNIX system. http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2007/08/mac-os-x-leopard-receives-unix-03-certification.ars States quite concisely that it has indeed been Unix certified (which does not make it a Unix OS per se, just confirms that it...
by Sanjuricus
Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Macs can get viruses
Replies: 35
Views: 13591

Re: Macs can get viruses

If you put yourself in the position of someone who is about to commence writing a really nasty virus/malware for completely contemptible reasons, what do you think you would do? a.) Write a virus for Macs that will only have the potential to get about 10% of PCs globally. b.) Write a virus for WIndo...
by Sanjuricus
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is this real?
Replies: 25
Views: 4938

Re: Is this real?

thoughtfully wrote:All macro phenomena are the result of vast assemblages of quantum effects, so everything's "Quantum". Woot!

That has to be one of the best quotables I've seen on here to date!!! I doff my hat to you Sir!! /doffhat
by Sanjuricus
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Expanding Universe: Quick question
Replies: 11
Views: 1822

Re: The Expanding Universe: Quick question

Thanks for that, Anaphase! That's a really awesome page. It explains really well (as it summarizes at the very end) the difference between "we consider space as curved because that happens to be how we measure the coordinates" and "space is curved because of gravity, that's that"...
by Sanjuricus
Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Expanding Universe: Quick question
Replies: 11
Views: 1822

Re: The Expanding Universe: Quick question

Can someone call an ambulance...my brain has just exploded....seriously, it's all over my monitor!!!
by Sanjuricus
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Expanding Universe: Quick question
Replies: 11
Views: 1822

The Expanding Universe: Quick question

Hi All, Had a thought the other day while listening to the full length theme song from Big Bang Theory... I know its almost impossible to do in real terms and with current understanding...these questions are hypothetical really....but anyway, supposing you were able to go out into space and simply s...
by Sanjuricus
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 7211

Re: Recovering from an apocalypse...

These 150 millions will be spread out around the globe - and have very poor survival skills once the resources from our current civilization run out. I expect that over three net four or five generations the amount of people would dwindle even further while we slowly regain survival skills. By that...
by Sanjuricus
Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 7211

Recovering from an apocalypse...

A bit of background first: I was discussing with a friend of mine about some paleolithic find that his wife had published and eventually we got to discussing about the infrastructure that we depend on globally and how long it might take mankind as a whole to recover lost ground in the event of some ...
by Sanjuricus
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: So I built an alternative theory of reality...
Replies: 13
Views: 5895

Re: So I built an alternative theory of reality...

Go right ahead! As for ley lines, I was totally turned off of them by The Ship that Won (Anne McCaffrey & one other author), but I'll take a look at them again. Please note, however, that I already have an explanation for "native magic." (Great force posesses a planet, other life intr...
by Sanjuricus
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: So I built an alternative theory of reality...
Replies: 13
Views: 5895

Re: So I built an alternative theory of reality...

I may well be blatantly and unashamedly stealing this for my RPG group, I'm in the process of creating my own "world" with the intention of modifying the Warhammer set of rules (2nd edition) or possibly WoD. It's going to have fantasy elements sitting alongside a higher race capable of int...
by Sanjuricus
Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alchemical nonsense
Replies: 9
Views: 2328

Re: Alchemical nonsense

For alchemical tomes, the best I can offer is to take a look at some modern books on Wicca which have a lot of folklore embedded in them, the older the book, the more likely it is to have genuine intentions and not just be some money spinning waste of paper First you say modern books, but then you ...
by Sanjuricus
Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alchemical nonsense
Replies: 9
Views: 2328

Re: Alchemical nonsense

If you're talking in terms of magic that was actually practised by persons throughout history, a good starting point would be the following books: Magick in Theory and Practice by Aleister Crowley (plus just about anything else written by him) The Lemeggeton or The Lesser Key of Solomon If you can f...
by Sanjuricus
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 21182

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Diadem wrote: "God did it" just regresses the question to 'where did god come from'. Why is there not nothing at all?

It also raises the question Why did God do it? which although outside the realms of science is still an important question. :)
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Do these FTL mechanics work?
Replies: 38
Views: 6377

Re: Do these FTL mechanics work?

Apologies, just noticed you are French and probably wouldn't get an English colloquialism!
Frack to bunt = back to front. :)
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Do these FTL mechanics work?
Replies: 38
Views: 6377

Re: Do these FTL mechanics work?

Ah I see...I've got it all frack to bunt!!!
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Do these FTL mechanics work?
Replies: 38
Views: 6377

Re: Do these FTL mechanics work?

THREAD NECROMANCY! Did a search and found that this thread was closest to what I wanted to post about so I raised it from the dead by means of a dark arcane rite known only to myself and a few Honey Badgers! Anyway, back on topic. I had a thought... 1. Assuming that the Higgs Boson is found and veri...
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is Energy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2960

Re: What is Energy?

"Actually I can make this work, cause I am a beast." - Noether (paraphrased) Agreed - Sanjuricus, check out Noether's theorem - energy is the stuff that is conserved because the laws of physics are constant in time. I think I understand that on a basic level...lemme see.... If you were to...
by Sanjuricus
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is Energy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2960

Re: What is Energy?

LaserGuy wrote:
Sanjuricus wrote:*SNIP*.... Just don't ask what is waving.

Is asking what is waving kind of like "googling google" or dividing by zero? :D
by Sanjuricus
Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is Energy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2960

What is Energy?

Speaking on a quantum level, what actually is energy? I know that on the macro scale it is basically "work" whether the potential for work or the actual process of work etc etc but I'm completely baffled as to what the E from E=mc 2 is on the quantum level where even space itself has its t...
by Sanjuricus
Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two basic physics questions
Replies: 26
Views: 2736

Re: Two basic physics questions

As something of a martial artist with 15 years experience I can quite safely say that the twist in a martial arts punch has pretty much nothing to do with hitting harder or more effectively through the application of torque. What it does do is ensure correct form when punching from the waist/ribs. B...
by Sanjuricus
Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A whimsical thought about Neutron Stars...and Quark Stars
Replies: 12
Views: 3962

Re: A whimsical thought about Neutron Stars...and Quark Star

Cool, thanks for the explanations. :) My mind has just expanded 0.001% :D
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A whimsical thought about Neutron Stars...and Quark Stars
Replies: 12
Views: 3962

Re: A whimsical thought about Neutron Stars...and Quark Star

If I'm largely correct in what I'm saying then that's cool...I just thought that there might be something odd occurring as an intermediary stage in the expansion from superfluid (degenerate matter?) to "matter". :) I'm also interested in the behaviour of matter in conditions that fall just...
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Free Will
Replies: 728
Views: 137423

Re: Definition of Free Will

For me, free will is plain and simple. It is the ability to choose. Sometimes the choices may be unlimited: Which route shall I drive on my road trip? Sometimes the choices are limited: Shall I go for a swim or not? Sometimes the choices are affected by external factors: Shall I use this riot as a c...
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I'm probably wrong, but... (Voynich Manuscript)
Replies: 21
Views: 6236

Re: I'm probably wrong, but... (Voynich Manuscript)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Voynich_Manuscript_%28170%29.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/68r.jpg I was under the impression that the Voynich manuscript was a hoax/fake but looking briefly at the Wikipedia article, it would seem to be genuine! I also rem...
by Sanjuricus
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A whimsical thought about Neutron Stars...and Quark Stars
Replies: 12
Views: 3962

A whimsical thought about Neutron Stars...and Quark Stars

I understand the concept of stellar remnants: White Dwarfs are powered by the metaphorical cars driving round a full car park analogy, Neutron stars are where the density is such that Electrons and Protons forget all past transgressions and become best buddies....and I'm vaguely aware that the posit...
by Sanjuricus
Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Banning Social Media in the Context of Rioting
Replies: 30
Views: 5383

Re: Banning Social Media in the Context of Rioting

Any society that surrenders liberties in pursuit of security will gain neither and lose both....to paraphrase Mr Franklins famous quote (at least its usually attributed to him!). EDIT: My tuppence worth on the riots...they had fuck all to do with any social hardships after the first night of riots a...
by Sanjuricus
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 22009

Re: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?

Admittedly, I'm fairly new to this term but I think it's relevant....cognitive dissonance... When you try to quantify the abrahamic "God" as Omnibenevolent you have a conflict. If this god is benevolent to ALL then "whence cometh suffering?" He cannot be both omni-benevolent and ...
by Sanjuricus
Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two electrons colliding...
Replies: 8
Views: 1908

Two electrons colliding...

Would this be possible? The direct collision at high energy of two electrons? I've read that it would not be possible due to the *flips through notes* the coulomb principle I believe. What I'm wondering is the magnitude of forces (LHC or greater?) required to overcome that and actually ensure a coll...

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