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by DanielCopelin
Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 19919

Re: "Researcher Translation" Discussion

Haha, I think there's a chance that Randall and a couple of the commenters here listen to the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast. This topic was raised in a very very similar in the episode released yesterday.
by DanielCopelin
Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality [Philosophy]
Replies: 38
Views: 3251

Re: [Philosophy] Questioning (all) morality

The notion that "every culture's actions/beliefs/values are equally subjective, and therefore cannot be criticised" is one that I believe should sit uncomfortably with everyone. Yes, the evidence does seem to suggest that what we call "morality" is a subjective construct that is ...
by DanielCopelin
Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.
Replies: 45
Views: 3852

Re: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.

One of Dawkins' main points is that once you allow yourself the intellectual compromise that some higher power exists, anything is permissible and nothing is refutable. This becomes possibly more insidious in religious moderates.

The OP's argument is, of course, circular logic.
by DanielCopelin
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47723

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

I haven't seen much news on this topic recently. As far as I know the trials were delayed? A couple of interesting articles from EFA: http://www.efa.org.au/2009/01/14/filtering-wont-deliver-for-aussie-kids/#more-334 http://www.efa.org.au/2009/01/08/brooklyn-law-school-study-highlights-net-censorship...
by DanielCopelin
Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow
Replies: 32
Views: 5348

Re: "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow

You're right, of course. It's very much Cory talking about all the things he normally does in a quasi-fictional, theatrical setting. There's still some very interesting points raised, and I tend to agree with a lot of what he says anyway. I find it a bit strange that the book is defined so readily a...
by DanielCopelin
Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow
Replies: 32
Views: 5348

Re: "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow

Yeah, just finished it. Very very enjoyable. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in this sort of thing. I'm going to pick up a meatspace copy next time I'm in town.
by DanielCopelin
Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow
Replies: 32
Views: 5348

"Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow

A book on terrorism, civil liberties, the digital age, democray, human rights, oppression, resistance. Also a lot of cool technology, underground hackers etc... It's free to distribute (like the rest of Cory's books). Link: http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/ I was surprised not to find a t...
by DanielCopelin
Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIAA to abandon policy of suing file-sharers
Replies: 138
Views: 10779

Re: RIAA to abandon policy of suing file-sharers

Heres how I think of it: I am not willing to pay 15, 20, whatever dollars for a music album. Ergo, if I download it, it doesnt hurt the artist, or the company. They dont lose the money I would have paid them for the song. No harm done, to anyone. That is horrible logic. It justifies them not losing...
by DanielCopelin
Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIAA to abandon policy of suing file-sharers
Replies: 138
Views: 10779

Re: RIAA to abandon policy of suing file-sharers

First of all it is very much not an imagined crime. Someone can download a torrent to confirm its content. They can then take the IPs of the other people using that torrent. They can notify the ISP because for almost every ISP copyright infringement is blatantly against their terms of service. Ther...
by DanielCopelin
Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Man arrested for uploading a common viral video
Replies: 46
Views: 4521

Re: Australian Man arrested for uploading a common viral video

I'm becoming genuinely scared at the current state of affairs. It seems we have to be so damn careful now; considering how everything we do, say, look at or search for might be labeled as some sort of crime (in ways that seem to be just now becoming possible). By all accounts, the video does seem to...
by DanielCopelin
Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Quantum of Solace
Replies: 40
Views: 7572

Quantum of Solace

I thought the movie was great, but I did have one significant concern. The building at the end. Who designed that thing? Who decided to place relatively unprotected volitile fuel cells in a carpark, strategically rigged to a series of secondary explosives that,if triggered, would lead to the progres...
by DanielCopelin
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47723

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

Wow, that was completely and utterly pathetic on Conroys behalf. Shouldn't that sort of response trigger alarm bells in the greater public? I'll be writing to Ludlum applauding his efforts and asking to see the list of answers that Conroy was "more than happy" to provide.
by DanielCopelin
Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death
Replies: 25
Views: 2702

Re: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death

Sure you could ask. Which coulture are you from? Amrican?: Conserative Idiots. English?: Uptight boring clowns. Arabian?: Terrorist German?: A bunch of former Nazis. See biased rassism works everywere. And thats exactly the problem. You can NEVER under any circumstances judge every Person, wihtin a...
by DanielCopelin
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death
Replies: 25
Views: 2702

Re: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death

What you think are basic human rights might not be so basic for other people, I think it's dependent on all those things. They're not set in stone, that means you need someone to decide what basic human rights are, and because they'll be a few differences in opinion, governments will branch off and...
by DanielCopelin
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death
Replies: 25
Views: 2702

Re: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death

No, really, it's not. Basic human rights are fundamental principles completely separate to culture, religion, government etc. Why is it not a simple case of:

Person X violates person Y's basic human rights. Person X forfeits their own basic human rights.
by DanielCopelin
Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death
Replies: 25
Views: 2702

Re: 13 Year-old Rape Victim Stoned to Death

Quite frankly I am sick of these states that get away with allowing this kind of thing. There are times I miss imperialism, sad as it is. I wish we could just blow in there, off the current government, and take certain countries over. Unfortunately, it's not a realistic option. Real life is never t...
by DanielCopelin
Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)
Replies: 7
Views: 1555

Re: Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)

Thanks, that does seem really helpful.
by DanielCopelin
Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)
Replies: 7
Views: 1555

Re: Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)

I see your point. I'll have a go at the momentum thing and compare it to the given values in the tables. The only problem is assuming a velocity, which I have a strong feeling won't be appropriate.
by DanielCopelin
Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)
Replies: 7
Views: 1555

Re: Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)

The velocity of the water is relatively low when you are talking about pressure. These things run at about 1000-1500kPa. The water might flow at about 2-3m/s. All of the relevant standards refer to the pressure, and make absolutely no mention of the velocity of the water. Given that it is the pressu...
by DanielCopelin
Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)
Replies: 7
Views: 1555

Surface integral of a torus (pipeline thrust problem)

I came across this problem at work today. I am designing a large water reticulation main that crosses under a road. The pipeline has to drop to get under some existing services and then rise up again on the other side of the road. This is achieved by 2 x 45 degree bends at the drop and again where i...
by DanielCopelin
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Octave Illusion Experiment: Need Help
Replies: 24
Views: 2585

Re: Octave Illusion Experiment: Need Help

Male, left-handed, high note in sort-of in left ear, then in right ear when I switch headphones around. Quite hard to pick out the notes and it seems like I can make the high note be wherever I want it to be.
by DanielCopelin
Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47723

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

I'd like to see some intelligent discussion of the issues raised on this site: http://www.childwise.net/get_involved/join_a_campaign.php Most of the debates I have read on this issue have been relatively one-sided, so I decided to go search for some of the "pro-filter" arguments. Some of t...
by DanielCopelin
Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Water bridge (engineering question?)
Replies: 9
Views: 1573

Re: Water bridge (engineering question?)

The website had a bit of a description of the bridge and, among other things, listed a weight limit for boats wishing to cross the bridge. I don't see any weight limits on the page . The only weight listed is the amount of steel used to build the tub that contains the water. It wasn't that exact pa...
by DanielCopelin
Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Water bridge (engineering question?)
Replies: 9
Views: 1573

Water bridge (engineering question?)

I did a bit of a search and couldn't find any answers to this question here or elsewhere. Also, I know I'm technically not allowed to post links this early, but it's a photo relevant to my question and my post wouldn't make sense without it. I hope that in the interests of science my link is permitt...
by DanielCopelin
Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2418354

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Well, I guess this is where I start. My name is Daniel, I'm 22 and live in Brisbane, Australia. I am currently studying for a dual degree in engineering(civil) and commerce(accounting) - weird combination, don't ask, I'm regretting the commerce bit. I'm in my 5th year and graduate mid-next year. I w...

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