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by DrSir
Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.
Replies: 91
Views: 8319

Re: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.

Surely if the small states didn't have as much of the vote as large states, then they would be less represented and basically controlled by the larger states (which I personally think sounds more undemocratic, as then everyone living in those states would have even less of a say). I thought the ide...
by DrSir
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 35404

Re: Lulzsec

And it seems like a hacker called The Jester has now retaliated, and released the name of someone associated with Lulzsec...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jjDfX7JznQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
by DrSir
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 35404

Re: Lulzsec

And they take some of the same stuff down again. Isn't this fun >.<
by DrSir
Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 6514

Re: Brain entrainment

scratch123 wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainwave_entrainment

I also looked up some youtube videos regarding brain entrainment and when I was reading the comments it seemed to work on alot of other people as well.


Youtube. Comments. Enough said.
by DrSir
Fri May 13, 2011 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Facebook's undercover smear campaign against Google
Replies: 30
Views: 3415

Re: Facebook's undercover smear campaign against Google

Maurog wrote:And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.


And that dumb blogger!
by DrSir
Sun May 08, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: **Does anything interesting correlate with heart-rate?**
Replies: 18
Views: 3221

Re: **Does anything interesting correlate with heart-rate?**

Correlation with opinions? Doubt it. At best there may be a correlation do to common factors, but I sincerely doubt you will get many cognitive constructs associated with heart rates like that.
by DrSir
Tue May 03, 2011 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sony sucks at network security
Replies: 46
Views: 6563

Re: Sony sucks at network security

Those hacks are indeed more serious, but they didn't stop people playing Final Fantasy so they aren't important. I thought the article would talk about how they were running outdated versions of Apache which is about the most basic mistake one can make. They may have stolen credit card information ...
by DrSir
Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court Nukes Class Action Lawsuits
Replies: 19
Views: 2628

Re: Supreme Court Nukes Class Action Lawsuits

Not entirely upset at this. Although I couldn't find the actual case to read it, the summary seems to be that a business can have their customers sign away the ability to join a class action suit and only be able to settle in arbitration. If their customers don't want to, they can go with some othe...
by DrSir
Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Statistics: Male vs Female Physicists
Replies: 16
Views: 3897

Re: Statistics: Male vs Female Physicists

CorruptUser wrote:But marriage/children and "emotionally capable OR likable" are heavily correlated.


But correlation does not imply causation!
by DrSir
Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You Laugh, You lose
Replies: 1095
Views: 220092

Re: You Laugh, You lose

So, I love these threads and searching the forums only found me this one, which is pretty old. So I will attempt to revive it :D. Epic Rap Battles of History are the funniest videos I've seen a long time, awesome for anyone who hasn't seen them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn7-fVtT16k&feature...
by DrSir
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?
Replies: 132
Views: 13334

Re: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?

Its worth looking at the fact that even though we spent all that money starting in 1932, we still didn't get out of the depression until '41 or '42. If an economic policy takes a decade to work... is it really working? Maybe, but I remain unconvinced that it is necessarily the best way. Just as a b...
by DrSir
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cows with human milk!?
Replies: 48
Views: 6285

Re: Cows with human milk!?

Nath wrote:
Izawwlgood wrote:Yes. That's exactly what I'm saying; anytime a company advertises the nutritional value of it's product, we should avoid that product entirely, expunge it from our diet.

That would limit my dietary options to... distilled water. :)


"Distilled water, 100% fresh and natural!" Aww crap...
by DrSir
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More Obama Birth Certificate Naughtiness
Replies: 64
Views: 7102

Re: More Obama Birth Certificate Naughtiness

There's also a very strong "give them an inch and they'll take a mile" angle here. Give them this irrelevant document, and they'll start demanding other irrelevant documents under claims just as wild and far-fetched... and then they can claim "they showed us the birth certificate, wh...
by DrSir
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movie's Concession's Whine Over Nutritional Info Posting
Replies: 112
Views: 11208

Re: Movie's Concession's Whine Over Nutritional Info Posting

This enrages me to no end. How many examples do we need of this anti-business ideology before we snap and go back to letting businesses do what they want and having the market decide whether it's good or not? I hope some theater owner decides to go Inglorious Basterds in response to this law. Surel...
by DrSir
Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied kid fights back and wins
Replies: 176
Views: 16538

Re: Bullied kid fights back and wins

Something my district has on the ZTP is that if you ever reciprocate any violence whatsoever, even in self defense, you get the exact same consequences as the instigator. Unless they attacked you with a weapon, or you were outnumbered. Would I ever get in such a situation (and I have thought about i...
by DrSir
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS: Are Corporations People?
Replies: 16
Views: 2325

Re: SCOTUS: Are Corporations People?

So does that make corporations like, say, three-fifths of a person? Yeah, it gets to be very confusing. That's why I don't favor the approach. Just give corporations free speech, not personhood. To me the real difficult one is about how much money a corporation can throw around calling it "spe...
by DrSir
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Heat loss in a spaceship
Replies: 36
Views: 9070

Re: Heat loss in a spaceship

A "get out of jail free" card for any instance would be a fire on ship though. Just have it the exact right size, with fuel, to last the same time it takes to rescue the crew. As they always get a last minute rescue right? You would use up your Oxygen doing this though, so that would be b...
by DrSir
Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon pulls out of Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 7647

Re: Amazon pulls out of Texas

I don't think I've ever had anything shipped from that distro center, though, now that I think about it. That doesn't matter. I get stuff shipped from Amazon from all over and I pay Washington sales tax on every penny. Yes, you live in one of the five states that has sales tax for Amazon. Texas is ...
by DrSir
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Settling on a college
Replies: 10
Views: 1924

Re: Settling on a college

As an additional thought is to maybe try visiting any of them, if not all three. Just visiting the campus in general may hopefully be able to help with your decision in some form or fashion.
by DrSir
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Vaccine could be effective against... cocaine !?
Replies: 44
Views: 4885

Re: New Vaccine could be effective against... cocaine !?

Holy shit. This is amazing. I think the most likely uses will be for people voluntarily seeking rehabilitation, or perhaps repeat drug offenders being ordered by a judge to take it. The idea of parents compelling there children to take it is horrifying, even if it is cocaine. Too dangerous of a pre...
by DrSir
Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: On the intertwining of mental capabilies
Replies: 7
Views: 1302

Re: On the intertwining of mental capabilies

Maybe it's because you already had a bunch of blood in your brain, so you didn't have to warm up. However, if you were reading Playboy, it might have the opposite effect. LOL This would be a cool experiment to try to get the answer for, if there is a correlation it'd be interesting to learn the rea...
by DrSir
Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Energy Demand of Thinking?
Replies: 17
Views: 2275

Re: The Energy Demand of Thinking?

I don't have any references handy, but it's been shown that "smart" people use less resources while thinking, because their brains have been optimized to be efficient. (I don't believe they accounted for all the energy it took to do the optimizing:)) I really don't remember where I read t...
by DrSir
Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Modern Man in Israel 400k years ago?
Replies: 61
Views: 7251

Re: Modern Man in Israel 400k years ago?

I'm very skeptical of any scientific find that arrives at BBC before it passes peer review and whatnot. In fact all the actual scientists excavating the site said was "the size and shape of the teeth are very similar to those of modern man". Everyone are getting all excited, and after two...
by DrSir
Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414756

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

The hiatus will be ending soon, too which will be interesting. Within the next 5 days or so.
by DrSir
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lunar Eclipse Dec. 20/21!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2037

Re: Lunar Eclipse Dec. 20/21!!

Man, very cloudy where I live the entire time. Caught a few glimpses, but was hoping for a more memorable Winter Solstice Eclipse :x
by DrSir
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is it possible to translate nerve signals?
Replies: 13
Views: 2370

Re: Is it possible to translate nerve signals?

. The duration from time of injury plays a big role, if it has been too long, there is a good chance that the nerves have atrophied so they won't work any more. It's my understanding that the nerves are taken over by other parts of the brain rather than dying. The ones in the brain do, like if you ...
by DrSir
Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Need Advice for Nuclear Strike
Replies: 43
Views: 6576

Re: Need Advice for Nuclear Strike

Who would try to outrun a nuclear bomb? I mean. OUT RUN A BOMB? Most people when they hear of some type of air raid, think of the usual response to find shelter. People wouldn't try to outrun a bomb, but they would probably think it's possible to outrun the fallout. A terrorist nuke would be low-yi...
by DrSir
Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: am I just a few cells or a whole brain?
Replies: 63
Views: 6036

Re: am I just a few cells or a whole brain?

I wonder if anyone has traced the original cell formed from the sperm and the ova to see when/if it actually dies. What do you mean by the original cell? Straight from the zygote, you get multiple splits, as the cells divide. I was under the impression the daughter cells of the many mitosis phases ...
by DrSir
Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Economics of time travel
Replies: 60
Views: 21385

Re: Economics of time travel

Investing with time dilation is essentually the same as without (only you have less ability to moniter your investments). Since no information from the future is available you still have to make speculative choices that could either be right or wrong. Given the increased time of the planned investm...
by DrSir
Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference
Replies: 49
Views: 5826

Re: NASA calls Astobiology News Conference

Aww Soralin, you dashed many of my hopes :(. I'm really hoping it's something at least marginally groundbreaking...considering the scant details about the panel that will present and stuff, it should be something pretty interesting at least.
by DrSir
Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to go faster than the speed of light.
Replies: 40
Views: 4583

Re: How to go faster than the speed of light.

Let's just pretend c is a lot bigger, then we can go "faster than light" ;) More simply, if we make light go a lot slower than c, we can easily go faster than light. Hasn't light been brought (at least practically speaking if not literally) to a stop in some experiments? I thought in thos...
by DrSir
Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Precog evidence"
Replies: 20
Views: 2478

Re: "Precog evidence"

Using my high-school Statistics knowledge, I searched for Chi from Chi-Square and discovered they didn't run one...
Which is making me also believe that there's a chance they need much more data, or 53% isn't statistically significant with what they ran.
by DrSir
Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: two black holes and path 'through' 'event horizons'?
Replies: 24
Views: 5603

Re: two black holes and path 'through' 'event horizons'?

Thinking about it a bit more, event horizons would just denote the limits to places where the net acceleration is great enough to trap something. There would probably be regions of space where the new event horizon does not occur in places where the two old ones would have been, just through acceler...
by DrSir
Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: two black holes and path 'through' 'event horizons'?
Replies: 24
Views: 5603

Re: two black holes and path 'through' 'event horizons'?

If you only had to deal with the position where there is a black hole on either side of the guy, sure, he'd remain directly in the middle of the two, inside both event horizons (assuming the black holes are large enough to ignore tidal forces, which would rip him in half). The problem with leaving,...
by DrSir
Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: If Taxes Are Cut, But Nobody Notices, Is It A Tax Cut?
Replies: 25
Views: 3493

Re: If Taxes Are Cut, But Nobody Notices, Is It A Tax Cut?

Is this article talking about the Making Work Pay tax credit? Or was it an actual % cut? Generally I would think of a tax cut as actually lowering the percentage rate, not a tax credit. *Could someone studying economics explain why it is done this way? I think this is mainly referring to tax credit...
by DrSir
Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Exchange rates for an alien economy
Replies: 34
Views: 11700

Re: Exchange rates for an alien economy

It would be interesting to see if they would even have a universal currency for their own species, as ours presently doesn't.
If this were to actually happen, I could probably see a new joint currency being made, which is produced through agreements between us, to balance the control of supply.
by DrSir
Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: James Bond.
Replies: 17
Views: 2821

Re: James Bond.

Couldn't you just use conservation of momentum, to find their starting collective velocity after the collision, after calculating his velocity before impact with her? Then go from there with energy and whatnot?
by DrSir
Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human impact on this world... and another?
Replies: 12
Views: 1952

Re: Human impact on this world... and another?

It's probably easier to sustain what we have now then predict what changes will do. Ex: cutting down too many rainforests can have difficult consequences, ranging from massive carbon increases in the atmosphere to forgone biological products that could have been useful to society. While keeping enou...
by DrSir
Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Exchange rates for an alien economy
Replies: 34
Views: 11700

Re: Exchange rates for an alien economy

If bank A is selling dollars for 10 Xs and bank B is buying them for 11 Xs, then I can go buy dollars from A and sell them to B for no risk. That's why they charge a bit, usually they end up ahead. But yeah in the times where you do this or take advantage of (hopefully) increasing interest rates ov...
by DrSir
Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 10087

Re: First possible habitable planet found

Take a very fat dude who weighs 300lb. Can he easily survive in the modern world? If yes then an astronaut at 200lb could survive in a 1.5g world. Well, the 300lb. person's muscles are accustomed to supporting 300lb. of weight. The 200lb. person is not. Just because someone in the world weighs 980 ...

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