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by Kow
Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is there a notation for unit vectors?
Replies: 6
Views: 2516

Re: Is there a notation for unit vectors?

^ (hat) the term I learned in classes and is the symbol that the Wikipedia article on unit vectors uses as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_vector
by Kow
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Astrology
Replies: 9
Views: 2287

Re: Astrology

Hah. I was just about to post that study myself having just found it. The part I find most telling is the section about Time Twins which starts on page 187. It shows that the correlation due to birth time and location proximity is 0.00% +/- 0.03%. I'll try the "do you think this makes testable ...
by Kow
Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Astrology
Replies: 9
Views: 2287

Astrology

I've been debating my friend on the truth or myth of astrology. My stance is that it's a load of horse crap but I'm having difficulty actually convincing her of that. I use arguments like how the procession of the earth means that our zodiac signs (by her metric, I know that some schools actually us...
by Kow
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Possible technologies
Replies: 95
Views: 10389

Re: Possible technologies

Artificial Intelligence is in the "we get there in seventy years" category. Go read up on the Technological Singularity. As in conciousness or as in clever? As a computer scientist, I'm inclined to think the former. We're already at a "clever" stage, though it's only clever in a...
by Kow
Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Mnemonic device for little/big-endian; or Fix My Brain
Replies: 16
Views: 5600

Re: Mnemonic device for little/big-endian; or Fix My Brain

My problem with big and little endian is that to me, the end is on the right which is completely opposite of what it is.
by Kow
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Entropy?
Replies: 16
Views: 4806

Re: Entropy?

http://www.zoklet.net/bbs/showthread.php?t=37474

Pretty interesting discussion about entropy and other time related stuff.
by Kow
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lead into gold?
Replies: 4
Views: 1983

Re: Lead into gold?

I remember reading on wikipedia somewhere (I wish I could remember exactly where. Some light searching yielded nothing) that the original transmutation attempts were actually just a way to refine metals that had trace amounts of gold in them and that there was a successful method of doing so. Take t...
by Kow
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: bioluminescent genes
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Re: bioluminescent genes

If I could control it like a lightning bug, of course I would. But I wouldn't want to glow permanently like every animal they've put them in that I've seen.

This assumes the process for doing so isn't painful or bad in any way.
by Kow
Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to effectively give a presentation on evolution
Replies: 36
Views: 5248

Re: How to effectively give a presentation on evolution

Genetic Algorithms. Basically it's repeatable empirical evidence for the process of evolution.
by Kow
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Dreaming as an evolutionary advantage
Replies: 31
Views: 3826

Re: Dreaming as an evolutionary advantage

Without dreaming, our brains don't work. Brains not working means you're going to get eaten.
by Kow
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 49916

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

These people are having dilutions of grandeur.
by Kow
Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What is a Desktop?
Replies: 8
Views: 1701

Re: What is a Desktop?

I usually use the desktop as my working space when I work with a lot of files that don't necessarily need to be in any specific spot. Just throw them on the desktop and when you're done with whatever you're doing, clean it up.

Most of the time, it's just a pretty picture that my windows go on top of.
by Kow
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quick ?: you are in a metal sphere in the center of earth.
Replies: 12
Views: 1491

Re: quick ?: you are in a metal sphere in the center of eart

rath358 wrote:My friend thinks this has not answered his argument. He thinks that your extremities(and limbs), since they are off-center will be pulled unequally, and off your body or something. Is this correct?

If this were true, we'd experience that sort of gravity gradient on the surface.
by Kow
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Calorific value of the typical person
Replies: 21
Views: 4519

Re: Calorific value of the typical person

Well, if you know what their body fat % is and how much of the rest of their body is inedible (unless you're looking for the calorie count on those parts too), I'd imagine you could just figure it out by mass. ~3500 kcal is 1 lb of fat, or 9kcal to 1g of fat. 4kcal to 1g of protein or carbohydrate.
by Kow
Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What if earth had D2o instead of H2o?
Replies: 22
Views: 3694

Re: What if earth had D2o instead of D2o?

Although prokaryotes can survive, and could likely still develop from there, it'd just have to be slightly different to take that into account. What about the conditions for creating the first "building blocks" of life? In electrolysis, heavy water doesn't really separate into H and O as ...
by Kow
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What if earth had D2o instead of H2o?
Replies: 22
Views: 3694

What if earth had D2o instead of H2o?

If earth had only heavy water instead of normal H 2 O, how would that affect life on earth? One possible extreme might be that the earth would just remain a water and rock planet. Since D 2 O doesn't separate into deuterium and oxygen as easily as regular water, the original chemicals essential for ...
by Kow
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What is good code?
Replies: 38
Views: 6846

Re: What is good code?

Good code is still good code even if the requirements (and hence the problem) change, something that happens all the time. I have to agree wholeheartedly with this. It's the prime reason interfaces are good. You can change the way something works behind the scenes to account for some change elsewhe...
by Kow
Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does it matter how long I preheat my oven?
Replies: 15
Views: 11494

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

I believe Alton Brown explained this a while back. Basically his reasoning was that while the area near thermostat might reach 400 in a few minutes it doesn't necessarily mean the rest of the oven has come up to temp. Waiting the full 10 minutes helps ensure that all the walls are fully heated so t...
by Kow
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: An "anti" drug
Replies: 12
Views: 1998

Re: An "anti" drug

I actually somewhat got this effect from Salvia Divinorum - the trip left me slightly confused and a bit unhappy, but starting about a half hour after and lasting a few days, I felt a strong positive mood change as I integrated the events of my psychonautic journey into my life. Erowid's experience...
by Kow
Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Japanese Science show / Bill Nye amore
Replies: 4
Views: 1261

Re: Japanese Science show / Bill Nye amore

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX97bjXJyms

I love this show. I used to watch it everyday on PBS when I was like 3-4 years old. That and The Magic School bus! Man that show rocked too!
by Kow
Wed May 26, 2010 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 48332

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

I think this was done in the six minutes it took to upload the comic. I mean, I don't even get the joke. What are they supposed to be untying that makes this joke funny? Their shoes? Their bras? Oh yeah, and way to offend another minority group, Randall. How is this offensive? I'm dyslexic and I fi...
by Kow
Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 88141

Re: Mnemonics you love

Now this is going to sound like the dumbest mnemonic ever but this is how I remember my library card number. It is two less than 206. Obviously my number is 204, but I can not remember it any other way. By the by I remember 206 because Marcus Grönholm drove a Peugeot 206 back in the day and at the ...
by Kow
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: About the speed of light
Replies: 17
Views: 1973

Re: About the speed of light

If by weightless, you mean massless, then it'll always be moving at the speed of light (things without mass do that. eg, light). If it does have mass (like anything you'd realistically make this out of) the strength of the material would be the limiting factor. It would snap before the long end got ...
by Kow
Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Finding Good Moves In Bejeweled, and Variants
Replies: 4
Views: 1851

Re: Finding Good Moves In Bejeweled, and Variants

As a noncoder but a regular bejeweled player I'd say that finding moves at the top of the board relies on you waiting for new pieces to fall down, whereas doing moves at the bottom or middle allows you to predict and chain moves even before the first move has finished fully. I play on facebook wher...
by Kow
Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0724: "Hell"
Replies: 184
Views: 72828

Re: "Hell" Discussion

A level in sonic where it's all steps.
by Kow
Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Taking a "Gap Year"
Replies: 10
Views: 2320

Re: Taking a "Gap Year"

If you're really intent on doing this, then all I can recommend is that you stay as focused as possible on what your educational goals are, because the longer you're going to stay out of school, the harder it will be to come back to school. It's easy to just get a job and stick with that for the re...
by Kow
Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games I still play Daily...
Replies: 18
Views: 3371

Re: Games I still play Daily...

Often I'll go a day or two without actually playing a game, but my most played game is Heroes of Newerth. When I do play, I play 3-8 games a day (averaging about half an hour a game).


I have a lot of free time o.0
by Kow
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Digimon MMO
Replies: 16
Views: 1605

Re: Digimon MMO

It's probably a better idea to be second in the -mon MMO race. You can learn from your predecessor's mistakes and refine what really captures the audience (and more importantly, their money). I've always waited for the day that a game like this would be a 3d rpg (think Zelda: OoT style camera) but i...
by Kow
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Halo 3 Forge vs Garry's Mod.
Replies: 10
Views: 2272

Re: Halo 3 Forge vs Garry's Mod.

I really like Forge.


I also can't wait for Starcraft 2's editor.
by Kow
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why isn't the universe uniform?
Replies: 38
Views: 3011

Re: Why isn't the universe uniform?

Paranoid__Android wrote:I just had a lecture that said that the second one was the the wrong one and that there are no hidden variables.

I love how they say that with such certainty. I know for a fact that something we're not observing but might be a cause doesn't exist!
by Kow
Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Not Going To College
Replies: 20
Views: 3432

Re: Not Going To College

I hate to be a walking advertisement, but you'd probably like the school I'm going to, Full Sail University. They have a film program that lasts just under 2 years for a bachelors that's fast paced and plenty of people from here go on to make very lucrative careers in the industry. (I'm a programmer...
by Kow
Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Batman Grappling Gun
Replies: 41
Views: 5066

Re: Batman Grappling Gun

You mention carbon nanotubes like the rope is the problem with the design.
by Kow
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0699: "Trimester"
Replies: 86
Views: 25801

Re: "Trimester" discussion

The title to me suggests she just asked why abortions after the first trimester are frowned upon (an arbitrary date). I suspect nobody brought it up because we don't need a "pro-life vs. pro-choice" debate in this thread. I was a little confused by the "title/alt" text. Wouldn't...
by Kow
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0699: "Trimester"
Replies: 86
Views: 25801

Re: "Trimester" discussion

I knew a girl who wore a lab coat everyday. She was kinda strange but it was cool.


Also: Doodle77 from SEN?
by Kow
Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Colin Hay?
Replies: 5
Views: 1133

Re: Colin Hay?

Do you come from a land down under! haha men at work rocks.
by Kow
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Owl City. Hate it, Love it, whatever.
Replies: 29
Views: 5803

Re: Owl City. Hate it, Love it, whatever.

Whoever said they're like The Postal Service must be tone deaf. About the only similarity is the fact that they use synthesized sounds. You wouldn't say Nirvana is like the Beatles because they both use guitars, would you? This coming from someone who's an avid fan of TPS (well, all of Gibbard's stu...
by Kow
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37132

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Counterweight-based elevator models still seem too far-fetched to me. The material strengths required are too great. What I'm suggesting is not nevel and has actually been analyzed in some detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_fountain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube In 2000, a mu...
by Kow
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37132

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

That guy on the right's like "Oh me yarm!"
by Kow
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 76076

Re: Strip Games Discussion

I had a friend who would play strip uno over xbox live. Only she didn't have a camera, so it was just like, what's the point?
by Kow
Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Public Speaking Class
Replies: 11
Views: 2104

Re: Public Speaking Class

Don't be afraid to use your hands. I find it helps me get my ideas formulated and the movements often add a lot to what you're saying.

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