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by Bobber
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 90's or 90s?
Replies: 113
Views: 37215

Re: 90's or 90s?

Yeah, like when people write "5 FLOPS" but "one FLOP". Confusing as hell until you realize that the S stands for Second. What kind of processor are you using where you only get 1 FLOPS, though? A guy in a cage with a pocket calculator? Well, the problem extends to "5 teraFL...
by Bobber
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 90's or 90s?
Replies: 113
Views: 37215

Re: 90's or 90s?

My related question is on acronyms. Take "CPU" for examples. More than one is cpus? CPU's? With people not capitalizing words for fear of yelling, acronyms run the risk of appearing to have that "s" be part of the acronym...and sometimes they are. Yeah, like when people write &q...
by Bobber
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 90's or 90s?
Replies: 113
Views: 37215

Re: 90's or 90s?

But you are still using the English words "cat" and "dog" in your "math-sentence". This proves that you can't, with mathematics by itself, convey gmal's example. There is no word in math that means "cat", so you have to use the English word.
by Bobber
Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 310732

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Oh well, so much for that name.
I'm still going to pretend that it's real and walk around giggling to myself.
by Bobber
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 310732

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

So she's a sexologist named Giselda from Behind?
...Marvelous.
by Bobber
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sexy Accents?
Replies: 121
Views: 19602

Re: Sexy Accents?

It's absurd that there is a notion in X country that people from Y country fit a certain stereotype.
by Bobber
Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 78973

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

Blaze? Conflagration? Inferno?
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tomorrow'll be a big day.
Replies: 27
Views: 4107

Re: Tomorrow'll be a big day.

Locking this thread would seem detrimental to the good vibes.
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Idea for an xkcd comic
Replies: 25
Views: 2992

Re: Idea for an xkcd comic

Hell, even I provide the model to which I inspire.
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 83806

Re: Mnemonics you love

Hmm, I suppose that would work :P
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 83806

Re: Mnemonics you love

My favorite mnemonic is the complete recitation of the following: I before E except after C, or when sounded like A as in neighbor or weigh. But some words are just weird. but some Rottweilers are just weird* :) Hmm I don't know, unrelatedwaffle's version still states the rules for English orthogra...
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 310732

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Oregonaut wrote:
Bobber wrote:
Oregonaut wrote:
Monika wrote:Oh ... didn't know he has a name.
And now you do. And knowing is 9 and 17/32nds of the battle.
...and how much is the battle in total? 10?
The battle in total is 1/4 blue lasers 1/4 red lasers and 9 and 17/32nds knowing.
...and THAT is a horrible name for a child.
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 310732

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Oregonaut wrote:
Monika wrote:Oh ... didn't know he has a name.


And now you do. And knowing is 9 and 17/32nds of the battle.
...and how much is the battle in total? 10?
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What if earth had D2o instead of H2o?
Replies: 22
Views: 3241

Re: What if earth had D2o instead of H2o?

The difference is fairly trivial. The only reason that current life-forms can't live on pure D20 is that some bits of biochemistry are very finely tuned to work with the bond strengths of protium. If life evolved in a heavy-water environment, it would be tuned to work with deuterium instead, and wo...
by Bobber
Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tomorrow'll be a big day.
Replies: 27
Views: 4107

Re: Tomorrow'll be a big day.

Tomorrow will be a big day. I'm hosting a graduation party for my family.
There will be cakes.
Two of them.
by Bobber
Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A poll of 'handedness' & writing english right to left
Replies: 51
Views: 8686

Re: A poll of 'handedness' & writing english right to left

You just described half of the human population. People forget shit, they're poor at organizing stuff, they slur occasional words etc. I'm skeptical towards the idea that these are symptoms of a specific condition. I am far from contesting the existence of dyspraxia: I just don't see how these speci...
by Bobber
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 405704

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Is there any meaningful difference between "Yeah, that's well annoying, innit" and "Yeah, that's well annoying"?
Because I don't know how to interpret "innit", whenever I hear it I just completely disregard it.
by Bobber
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does it matter how long I preheat my oven?
Replies: 15
Views: 9843

Re: Does it matter how long I preheat my oven?

To find out the temperature of an oven I was always told to slowly turn the temperature dial down until the "actively heating" light shut off, and that would be the approximate temperature that the oven was at. Thought thought I'd mention it.
by Bobber
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are smashed particles 1-2 dimensional objects?
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

Re: Are smashed particles 1-2 dimensional objects?

Don't think of particles as tiny balls of something, think of them as a probability distribution of energy instead. Then particles are three-dimensional.
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can I avoid the grandfather paradox by impersonating myself?
Replies: 18
Views: 2754

Re: Can I avoid the grandfather paradox by impersonating mys

Futurama is definitely on my list of to-watch TV shows but I find it mildly impolite to assume that everyone has already watched it. Thanks for clarifying the reference! I read the plot synopsis and now see why it is amusingly relevant :).
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What if earth had D2o instead of H2o?
Replies: 22
Views: 3241

Re: What if earth had D2o instead of H2o?

Well, microwave ovens would need to operate at a different frequency, I believe.
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would react with octenol?
Replies: 19
Views: 2183

Re: What would react with octenol?

As an additional bonus, applying an iodine solution to the skin doesn't sound that bad.
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A little rant (math vs. maths)
Replies: 202
Views: 71985

Re: A little rant (math vs. maths)

Does anyone think all this math/maths arguing is a bit childish? Not in the sense of immature, but in the sense that semi-hostile, emotional arguments attempting to build conformity in a group's language is something that children do to build cohesion both linguistically and socially. I hate to be ...
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Idea for an xkcd comic
Replies: 25
Views: 2992

Re: Idea for an xkcd comic

I highly doubt Randall'l see this, and you probably just ruined the chances of that comic ever being made. I know the feeling though. Whenever somebody talks about somewhere that I've researched extensively and observed from Google Earth and Streetview, I have to hold myself back from claiming to ha...
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A Rant on Adobe
Replies: 31
Views: 3251

Re: A Rant on Adobe

Hey, 4chan ain't no shit bin. Well, parts of 4chan. Admittedly I don't go there much, but I've never read anything on 4chan that has increased my faith in humanity. :? In any case, when OP wrote this: It's bound to end up in their shit bin, he could not have possibly meant 4chan, since he wrote &qu...
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a word?
Replies: 77
Views: 8324

Re: What is a word?

Which is why digital dictionaries with user-submitted data are awesome. They just require some kind of moderation. Urbandictionary has a voting system, Wiktionary has users editing away vandalism, etc.
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 90's or 90s?
Replies: 113
Views: 37215

Re: 90's or 90s?

gmalivuk wrote:
the-munich-man wrote:in 100 years time, we may all be talking TXT SPK, WTH NO NN-CPITL LTTRS, ND HRDLY NE VWLS.
I'd be willing to bet a million dollars that will never happen.
But then you would have to wait forever to win the bet!
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a word?
Replies: 77
Views: 8324

Re: What is a word?

Ah okay Makri.

Oregonaut: all you need to do is make a systematic verbal representation of the chemicals and electrical pulses that move around in your brain when you think. Shouldn't be impossible. :P
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a word?
Replies: 77
Views: 8324

Re: What is a word?

Makri wrote:[...] the German first person plural clitic pronoun, which is (by many) pronounced [mɐ].
Why is this pronunciation significant?
by Bobber
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?
Replies: 16
Views: 2920

Re: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?

Thanks for the help everyone! It seems the math is worked out now. Hopefully one day I can show you a picture of whatever my friend decides to build.
by Bobber
Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?
Replies: 16
Views: 2920

Re: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?

He told me that he knew from some obscure website that he needed a pressure of 17 psi for the explosion to be optimal or something. Since 17 psi is less than the atmospheric pressure of around 17.6 psi, I assumed that he meant atmospheric pressure PLUS 17 psi, yielding 197,851 Pascal (or almost...
by Bobber
Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can I avoid the grandfather paradox by impersonating myself?
Replies: 18
Views: 2754

Re: Can I avoid the grandfather paradox by impersonating mys

Theoretically, if you somehow manage to be your own ancestor, that could work (as long as you don't think too hard about how the cycle started - once it's going, it works). For an example, see Futurama. I'm confused - am I missing some important item of geeklore, are you seriously expecting me to w...
by Bobber
Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?
Replies: 16
Views: 2920

Re: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?

Right, it's ~14.6, not ~17.6. I fixed the post and will fix it further tomorrow.
by Bobber
Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?
Replies: 16
Views: 2920

Re: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?

@Velifer: I would prefer my backyard ballistics served cold and with a slice of maths, thank you very much :P @sikyon, thank you, that was a really good explanation! All I need now is to get my math right. Think you can help me? Let me share my calculations with you: My friend told me that the firin...
by Bobber
Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?
Replies: 16
Views: 2920

Re: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?

Thanks for the explanations. Van der Waals looks useful, but I was hoping to find an equation that would take into account the very equilibrium that is causing me so much confusion.
by Bobber
Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?
Replies: 16
Views: 2920

Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?

I am struggling to understand why the pressure remains constant in, say, a propane tank, even when propane is let out of the tank. With my high school physics I have learned to accept that the pressure in a container depends solely on the container's inner volume, the temperature and the amount of m...
by Bobber
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: An "anti" drug
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: An "anti" drug

Hmm, you are right. Perhaps OP's "anti"drug really doesn't exist, or just hasn't been found yet.
by Bobber
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a word?
Replies: 77
Views: 8324

Re: What is a word?

An approximate sound or series of sounds which has an approximate definable meaning among any number of individuals able to interpret those sound(s).

Is that good enough?
by Bobber
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A little rant (math vs. maths)
Replies: 202
Views: 71985

Re: A little rant (math vs. maths)

Oh sorry, I read a bit more into it than there was it seems :oops:
by Bobber
Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A little rant (math vs. maths)
Replies: 202
Views: 71985

Re: A little rant (math vs. maths)

Yeah okay sorry for ruining your language for you.

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