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by watch_wait_plot
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:08 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Perl Module Install Errors
Replies: 7
Views: 1368

Re: Perl Module Install Errors

Is there anything I can do, or is giving up a better plan at this point?
by watch_wait_plot
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Perl Module Install Errors
Replies: 7
Views: 1368

Re: Perl Module Install Errors

The file in question doesn't appear to exist.
I do know my computer would use i386, but OS X also runs on Power PC so perhaps they're simply covering their bases?
by watch_wait_plot
Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Perl Module Install Errors
Replies: 7
Views: 1368

Re: Perl Module Install Errors

Have you installed the Apple Developer Tools? Many Perl modules won't install if you haven't. Yes I have. I have installed about five or six other modules with no problems whatsoever. Everything before this looks like it's just unpacking what it needs. CPAN.pm: Going to build I/IL/ILYAZ/modules/Mat...
by watch_wait_plot
Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Perl Module Install Errors
Replies: 7
Views: 1368

Perl Module Install Errors

I'm attempting to install the Math::Pari module from the CPAN shell. I know how to carry out the process manually if necessary, but I understand very little about what's going on under the hood (I'm a physics major that dabbles in the dark arts only occasionally.) so my first error is throwing me fo...
by watch_wait_plot
Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: new theroy
Replies: 64
Views: 7832

Re: new theroy

I think he's a kid who had an idea, and simply doesn't get science quite yet.
In ninth grade I certainly didn't.

It may be best to lock this thread, barring the op's request to continue it. I really doubt there's much more productive to say. But, that's the Powers' call.
by watch_wait_plot
Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: AP Chemistry Exam
Replies: 15
Views: 2597

Re: AP Chemistry Exam

I took the exam last year, and it was definitely the hardest of AP exams that I took. Acid-base, and redox reactions were all over the place, but what screwed me over was the amount of organic chem they had on it. My teacher assumed that there wouldn't be all that much of it, so our preparation cons...
by watch_wait_plot
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: new theroy
Replies: 64
Views: 7832

Re: new theroy

Where exactly do you think the idea of a tachyon came from? They were mathematical artifacts that showed up in various theories, and were usually considered to a problem with the given theory. But the point is that they had a mathematical origin . E=mc^2 was derived mathematically as well. Without t...
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comical mistakes in your homework.
Replies: 144
Views: 17300

Re: Comical mistakes in your homework.

"Organism." "Orgasm." It's an easy mistake for an 11 year old to make. *wince* Yeah, it was great when my biology teacher (a sixty-ish year old woman) made that little screw up. I had a problem earlier this year where I had to calculate the maximum speed achieved by a a jumper o...
by watch_wait_plot
Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Buttered Cat Paradox
Replies: 110
Views: 29351

Re: Buttered Cat Paradox

Have no fear of that.

No self respecting deity would run Windows. Not on the Universe mainframe, anyway.

You may be onto something though. The C-T event may well crash the Matrix.
by watch_wait_plot
Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 565273

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

Yes!
I spent too much time fiddling with Timers, and got frustrated, but then I ran the loop in its own thread and everything worked out beautifully. :)
Thanks everyone.
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 565273

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

I just tried it. The program froze in place, and began consuming a lot of system resources until I killed it. I think I see what that is, but it certainly isn't working. Is there perhaps a conflict with the other portions of the program? Should I post the whole thing? ...There's a fair bit of it.
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 565273

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

I am fairly new to programming in general, as well as Java in particular. But I am writing a program in Java to simulate the n body problem, and display an animation of the system. My program works perfectly well. It simply works far too quickly. The display simply shows the final configuration of t...
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics book recomendation for an engineer!
Replies: 9
Views: 1260

Re: Physics book recomendation for an engineer!

Just keep in mind that I'm not looking for a book of problems, and ideally I'd like it not to have too many equations. The amount of equations you'll have to deal with varies depending on what section you happen to be reading, but they don't really dominate the books. He gives the concepts far more...
by watch_wait_plot
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: HS chem question: Velocity and wavelength w.r.t. photons
Replies: 30
Views: 5094

Re: HS chem question: Velocity and wavelength w.r.t. photons

Umm. Yeah, your chem teacher has failed.
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magic as a form of energy (fantasy project)
Replies: 37
Views: 4110

Re: Magic as a form of energy (fantasy project)

That's generally portrayed as a side effect of channeling the energy.
If a person's natural biochemical reactions powered their magic, most wizards would probably not survive their first fireball. Which would be really useful as a limiting factor for sorcerers, if an author wanted to go that way.
by watch_wait_plot
Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gamma Ray Bursts
Replies: 2
Views: 1110

Re: Gamma Ray Bursts

Apart from the fact that a GRB within something like 50,000 lightyears heading in our directions would instantaneously end all life on earth... I was curious about one thing: Think a little closer to home...say 3000-5000 light years out. :) I'd guess that Klotz is right. Although...many of the atom...
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War in Georgia
Replies: 98
Views: 9218

Re: War in Georgia

I'm glad to hear that they did.
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War in Georgia
Replies: 98
Views: 9218

Re: War in Georgia

It is an all out invasion. But the USA is most likely going to let Georgia burn. "Sharp words" are all we have right now. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080812/ap_on_re_eu/georgia_south_ossetia Edit: Some of these pictures... http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/08/war_in_south_ossetia.html
by watch_wait_plot
Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War in Georgia
Replies: 98
Views: 9218

Re: War in Georgia

And Russia refused to recognize a truce. It looks like they're going for it. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/georgia_south_ossetia Georgia called a cease-fire and said its troops were retreating Sunday from the disputed province of South Ossetia in the face of Russia's far superior firepower. Russia said...
by watch_wait_plot
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War in Georgia
Replies: 98
Views: 9218

Re: War in Georgia

MSNBC News Georgia Ready For Ceasefire GORI, Georgia - Georgian troops retreated from the breakaway province of South Ossetia on Sunday and their government pressed for a truce, overwhelmed by Russian firepower as the conflict threatened to set off a wider war. Russia deployed a naval squadron off t...
by watch_wait_plot
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 40356

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

I doubt there will be hate mail, because the concept itself is so deeply ridiculous, and you have to look to relative depth before you can interpret anything as being truly offensive. You'd be surprised how shallow a basis is needed to cause offense. There are people out there who will react to som...
by watch_wait_plot
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magic as a form of energy (fantasy project)
Replies: 37
Views: 4110

Re: Magic as a form of energy (fantasy project)

But it was in the science forum... :)

The OP seems to indicate that he is interested in developing the existence of magic as an additional fundamental force, albeit with far different properties than the others. Hmm. Regrettably no time for me to speculate now.
by watch_wait_plot
Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wireless Power?
Replies: 12
Views: 1873

Re: Wireless Power?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardenclyffe_Tower
This was one of Tesla's more amazing projects (apart from the death ray :) ). Interesting, and very do-able, although power consumption was no where near what it currently is when this was being set up.
by watch_wait_plot
Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rapid Oxidation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1226

Re: Rapid Oxidation?

What about gold? I know that it doesn't tarnish easily and doesn't wear much, but is there some way to degrade it? Rapidly? Try aqua regia . Actually, I would recommend that you don't. That stuff is nasty. Really most of the things that will react with/dissolve gold are more than slightly dangerous...
by watch_wait_plot
Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Material with a very high surface area?
Replies: 31
Views: 3346

Re: Material with a very high surface area?

The sheet or roll and the electrical aspects of the question make me lean towards a homemade capacitor. But surface area...an electrochemical cell? But then the specific material would matter a bit more than you appear to care.
by watch_wait_plot
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Earth Is 6,000 Years Old
Replies: 146
Views: 18392

Re: The Earth Is 6,000 Years Old

Why would god [insert any statement].

That type of question doesn't tend to have a sensible answer.
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think we will see at the LHC?
Replies: 160
Views: 20548

Re: Question about the Large Hadron Collider

1) The issues I heard of were: creation of micro blackholes that could migrate to a gravity well (the sun, or Earth). Which seems fairly bs, given their evaporation rate... but then... we've never directly observed blackholes, so.... Also, an 'ice-9' like event of the space-time continuum, as the c...
by watch_wait_plot
Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?
Replies: 279
Views: 22434

Re: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?

Do we know of any natural deposits of aluminum, titanium, boron, phosphorus, or other resources on Mars? Will a relative handful of humans be able to extract and transport all these resources in the amounts required to expand at a reasonable rate? Do I ask too many rhetorical questions? The problem...
by watch_wait_plot
Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?
Replies: 279
Views: 22434

Re: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?

There is a big difference between a robot that can do planetary science as well as a spacesuited human (or a large number of less-capable robots that cost the same as one person and can cover as much ground, etc.) and one that can produce a military/industrial complex by itself from ambient matter....
by watch_wait_plot
Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are people obsessed with gold?
Replies: 51
Views: 5515

Re: Why are people obsessed with gold?

Of course, I can't believe I forgot about that. I think that's actually it, my bad. Yes, that may very well be it. I seem to remember hearing that the material of a warhead decays to near uselessness in a decade. Is this true? Pu-239 has a half life of c. 24,000 years- the fissionable material isn'...
by watch_wait_plot
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Weapons in Space
Replies: 55
Views: 5688

Re: Nuclear Weapons in Space

From my understanding of the movie (Thank you for giving me an excuse to watch it again later. :) ) the "Goldeneye" weapon was a low yield nuke detonated in Low Earth Orbit. That's why the devices could only be fired once (two sattilites). That's it. Exactly what we've been discussing this...
by watch_wait_plot
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Weapons in Space
Replies: 55
Views: 5688

Re: Nuclear Weapons in Space

So the Goldeneye is plausible? More than plausible. It's been done, or at least tested. Although as far as I know that type of weapon system was not and is not deployed. It's actually against a treaty or two, so I doubt such a system exists now. Although since the USSR technically no longer exists....
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thermite!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

Re: Thermite!!!

That's an acceptable reason. Right?
...I hope? :D

(Though I doubt the Feds would agree.)
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Weapons in Space
Replies: 55
Views: 5688

Re: Nuclear Weapons in Space

I looked that up on wikipedia and it's very interesting. It looks like it involved beta decay electrons getting trapped in Earth's magnetic field, which is a different effect to the EMP . And apparently it was a "low earth orbit" satellites that were damaged. But still, it seems like quit...
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Weapons in Space
Replies: 55
Views: 5688

Re: Nuclear Weapons in Space

Starfish Prime was 400km above the surface...
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Weapons in Space
Replies: 55
Views: 5688

Re: Nuclear Weapons in Space

The Federation of American Scientists has a site devoted to weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. The page on EMP from a nuke is here: http://www.fas.org/nuke/intro/nuke/emp.htm A high-altitude nuclear detonation produces an immediate flux of gamma rays from the nuclear reactions w...
by watch_wait_plot
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superluminal velocities
Replies: 14
Views: 2053

Re: Superluminal velocities

Generally the presence of tachyons in a theory is considered a sign that said theory needs (possibly major) revision. String theorists spent a ton of time trying to get rid of them. I believe M Theory managed it. If the particles exist, then they've made a big mistake and we are in need or a paradig...
by watch_wait_plot
Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?
Replies: 279
Views: 22434

Re: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?

I imagine Columbus had these same conversations when he proposed sailing the Atlantic for his quasi-mystical reasons.


*wince*
Your other points were excellent...just kill the Columbus references...please?
by watch_wait_plot
Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are people obsessed with gold?
Replies: 51
Views: 5515

Re: Why are people obsessed with gold?

I was mostly thinking of something I heard about nuclear missiles using gold connectors for the electronics since the engineers wanted to make sure that they wouldn't degrade over time. It may or it may not be true. However it may be worth noting that the warheads themselves degrade (more correctly...

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