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by Zamfir
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 592
Views: 68000

Re: Science-based what-if questions

US Midsize cars have internal volumes of 3681–4530 litres, so 1kg into the air vents would average out to about 250 g / m3, which is a 150000% increased risk of cardiopulmonary mortality. The numbers are for PM2.5, particles with a hydraulic diameter below 2.5 micrometer. Your small glitter is 200 ...
by Zamfir
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

So all the desperate lies and obstructions to the investigation are... what? Part of the smoke, but not the fire. Suggestions that there is something to uncover, but not proof of it. Also, investigations hurt simply by existing, which is a good reason to fight them even when you're basically innoce...
by Zamfir
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 2532

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

Some year ago we moved from A to B, and the movers estimated how much boxes we needed, with their typical plenty-is-enough method. We started running out when packing, and called for more. They laughed at us, but send more boxes just to keep us happy. We filled them all. On the day of the move, we t...
by Zamfir
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14627
Views: 2162123

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Also, something something something Austria and Australia something something something.)

Thats why it's called "Oesterreich". Since 976. I did not forget a 1.
by Zamfir
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

It's amazing how many different ways Trump is connected to Russian organized crime and oligarchs. Is there a point where we expect to see fire, more than just smoke? For the last 2 years or so, there's constant talk about the crimes that Trump is going to get caught at, the tax fraud, other fraud, ...
by Zamfir
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14627
Views: 2162123

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

That gets really good in India. The cows are very confident, you see them calmly walk onto the highway and lay down for a nap.
by Zamfir
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 30
Views: 7006

Re: Consequences of climate change

[...]The city I live in basically didn't exist a century ago, and the country I live in is just slightly over two centuries old. As sea levels and deserts encroach on currently inhabited places, those people on the border of the change will face gradual pressure to move, and places that are unlivab...
by Zamfir
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14627
Views: 2162123

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

speising wrote:at least two of them aren't animals, though.

Ooh, I know this. The copper penny is not an animal, and the gloves!
by Zamfir
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Imagine you're an evil dictator...
Replies: 6
Views: 871

Re: Imagine you're an evil dictator...

Iran comes rather close to what you're describing, I think. They had a popular revolt, led by religious lawyers that had only a limited interest in the day to day affairs of running the country, but who also had a strong vision of what they wanted with the country, and they were not going to let vot...
by Zamfir
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3729
Views: 464624

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It was only named that way in the US, in other markets it was the VW 1302.
by Zamfir
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

The problem there is that Purdue Pharma is based in New York. It might well be useful to send in the military against them, but patrolling the border isn't going to interfere with their operations.
by Zamfir
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

This is partly why I no longer perceive freedom of expression as such an ironclad principle; the dawning realization that, in a democracy, freedom of expression is not a sufficient defense against fascist ideology. You can be the most democratic government in the world; you can have more freedom of...
by Zamfir
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

Perhaps the best antiNazi strategy would then be to treat them as just laughable moron and not legitimize their image by treating them as a credible opposition? The problem with that, is that it only works well if the group you're ridiculing has very little power or support. Lack of power is easy t...
by Zamfir
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14627
Views: 2162123

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

CorruptUser wrote:
Soupspoon wrote: This forum is blessedly free of "could of"s, etc.


Challenge excepted.

That should be

Code: Select all

raise Exception("Challenge")
by Zamfir
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 3608

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

I can't quite work out your proposed design, perhaps you can draw it?
by Zamfir
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3729
Views: 464624

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It's not quite the same, is it? 'Kurd' is not a short form of ’Kurdistani', it's how people call themselves and Kurdistan is land-of-the-Kurds. Same for the other examples, except for Pakistan, which is not the land of people who call themselves Pakis. Like how Deutschland is the land of the Deutsch...
by Zamfir
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 8801

Re: Quantum Question

Yes - agreed. But this works classically too. Sure, I was only talking about a classical system here. I get the impression that some of phorests questions were not just about quantum effects. In particular, this part: That is as I expect, but then, I also expect it of any given state, not only low-...
by Zamfir
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 8801

Re: Quantum Question

Let's take the standard toy of thermodynamics, a closed box with gas molecules. Let's say that the molecules move perfectly deterministic, and let's say there are two kinds of molecules, split 50-50. Box 1 has a truly random chosen state. You expect, almost-certain, that the 2 kinds of molecules are...
by Zamfir
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1766
Views: 261834

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Isn't it a tad early to decide that visibility was bad? The camera images show that visibility was bad for this camera, but that's hardly the relevant standard. it could just as well mean that the camera was not suitable for the circumstances. We all know how disappointing cameras can perform under ...
by Zamfir
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 2538

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

I think quarterly growth data works the other way round. You regularly see peaks up and down, with high peaks typically followed by deep downs. Because growth rate is a derivative, and therefore multiplies noise in the data. Just as an example, a quarter can include a workday or weekend day more or ...
by Zamfir
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3729
Views: 464624

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I suspect that a lot of these claims about super-targetted super effective manipulation are just bullshit. It's advertisement people selling themselves, in an area where performance is notoriously hard to measure, with the added buzz of New Technology. That's the bind that Facebook is in. They have ...
by Zamfir
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3729
Views: 464624

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It depends on how scummy you think institutions are. If you are ok with this, does any level of white collar criminality matter? Like how is this any different than the Equifax Breach? The difference is that the Trump campaign did the same thing as Facebook itself, namely send targeted ads based on...
by Zamfir
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3729
Views: 464624

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I am not quite sure what the scandal is here, exactly. This is Facebook's business model, right? They know all this stuff, you pay them money, they do creepy manipulative advertisement for you. It's not a secret, it s their official business model. Apparently, the Trump campaign didn't have enough m...
by Zamfir
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 3608

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

Yes, that's the basic idea. I was wondering, how would this question look like to someone who doesn't have our hindsight knowledge of thermodynamic theory? Nor the bag of tricks that we know will eventually be invented to make engines work well?Let's say, the practical and theoretical knowledge of 1...
by Zamfir
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 3608

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

I understand that energy part, that you can't get more kinetic energy out of an expanding gas than the thermal energy difference. But what I don't understand is that in the ideal gas law, PV = nRT, heat capacity (the part that controls the thermal energy for a given T) does not appear. Theres two i...
by Zamfir
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 3608

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

Maximum carnot efficiency depends on the ratio of temperatures, not the difference. Going entirely 'cold' can, in principle, give you any kind of efficient you want. Going 'down' to the realm of liquid air is comparable (for carnot efficiency) to going up to 800C or so. That's beyond even modern cra...
by Zamfir
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3729
Views: 464624

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is it currently a religious conflict, nationalist, or just various warlords trying to prove who is the biggest and baddest? Because honestly? I think this is one of those conflicts that can be perfectly described by "Dawn of the Peck", one of the Thanksgiving episodes of Bob's Burgers. Th...
by Zamfir
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 3608

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

A big, fundamental problem with 19th century steam engines was pressure. Basically, the atmospheric boiling point of water is too low to create an efficient engine, but reliable high-pressure piping and vessels were really beyond the manufacturing and material knowledge of those days. Not just the e...
by Zamfir
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

Even if this works, even if the teacher isn't the first one hit and does recognise the shooting when it starts and does get his or her gun into action and manages to James Bond it Yeah, James-Bonding all the way is not a good approach for ordinary people. In the last installments, even Bond himself...
by Zamfir
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

School shootings are major tragedies where they happen but they cause a trivially low deaths count per year. It would take a negligible rate of accidents from teachers' guns to overcome any possible good this could do. That works directions, doesn't it? Gun control advocates want to take away Edgar...
by Zamfir
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2650

Re: 1955: "Robots"

This makes me wonder - has Boston Dynamics ever made a product, at all? They have been making YouTube movies since I can remember, before YouTube existed probably. Does anything ever happen with those prototypes, or they just move on to the next prototype?
by Zamfir
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 6881

Re: Ideal immigration policy

Well, what is it that distinguishes one nation from another?
borders, with a different government on each side
by Zamfir
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

You thought you were joking, right? http://www.sparknotes.com/mindhut/2013/10/23/all-of-the-hobbit-told-in-emoji# https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/one-emoji-to-rule-them-all The balrog is nicely done in the second link: https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2015-04/24/16/enhanced/webdr07/...
by Zamfir
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 29320

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Ucim, are you seriously suggesting that you would, in that situation, claim the right to remain silent in order not to incriminate yourself, and that your wife should (or would) accept that without further consequences?
by Zamfir
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 29320

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Ninjaed: Orthogon, I guess we'll have to disagree on this. As I see it, criminal courts have exceptional power of punishment, they declare sentences that would be severe crimes in any other context. That is why they also have to meet exceptional standards to do so. Standards that do not even apply t...
by Zamfir
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4875
Views: 377553

Re: Trump presidency

Actually, you pronounce it g as in 'gif'.

In Dutch, that's pronounced as the Ch in Loch. For some reason, that option never pops up in anglophone discussions about gif-pronunciation.
by Zamfir
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 29320

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Ucim, what is wrong with the standard used here? The newspaper appears to have done the source-checking legwork . There is a second, seemingly independent accusation that tells a similar story. The source of the accusation has no obvious interest in lying, the story is coherent and it's verifiable c...
by Zamfir
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Expansion in the long... (very) long term
Replies: 9
Views: 1389

Re: Expansion in the long... (very) long term

Hmm, that's a good question. I think that depends whether the stress-energy tensor is semidefinite.
by Zamfir
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14627
Views: 2162123

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Your pdf says that women over 65 show much less fatalities than men over 65? 43% of fatalities-over-65 for 59% of the population-over-65, so about half the rate of the men over 65. And that doesn't account for the grouping error - the women over 65 are on average much older than the men over 65, whi...
by Zamfir
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?
Replies: 42
Views: 3463

Re: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?

Nono, He Himself clearly says:
Neither I nor My Father have been to France

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