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by Algrokoz
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is it possible to hit a bowling pin and not knock it over?
Replies: 8
Views: 2653

Re: is it possible to hit a bowling pin and not knock it ove

In case you were wondering, the maximum angle that a bowling pin can move away from the vertical and not tip over is 7.5 degrees.
by Algrokoz
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National debt and the Federal Reserve
Replies: 42
Views: 7865

Re: National debt and the Federal Reserve

I am still confused as to what I see as the cetral topic here: Why not have a fiat currency not linked to any resource? What would be the downside to that? People would still want money as a means of easing trade, so there is no reason to believe that if it was not debt-backed, then no one would wan...
by Algrokoz
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Brazil became a superpower?
Replies: 36
Views: 7896

Re: What if Brazil became a superpower?

I just wantde to point out to the OP that Brazil has nuclear power plants. Therefore, they could with very little effort, transform said fissile material into a bomb. Any country with a nuclear reactor can do this, hence the reason we do not want Iran to have nuclear power plants at all. Delivery of...
by Algrokoz
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No Country for Gentleman Scientists
Replies: 43
Views: 10198

Re: No Country for Gentleman Scientists

It is annoying I am sure to have to read through the whole post before coming to the conclusion that the OP is not intentionally discounting the existence of women in science- but if you all send me $10US I will happily work toward becoming your financially independent scientist (with boobs). I'm a...
by Algrokoz
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 40274

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

As far as problems with opt-out for those who don't have driver's licenses, I rather like the idea that was proposed some pages back: organ donation is only valid if they were provably given the chance to opt out, and did not take it. That is, if there was a form on file, filled out by them, which ...
by Algrokoz
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 15811

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

But without Operation Barbarossa, the Soviet Union would have been severely weakened, and possibly even defeated. Um, Barbarossa was the code nome for the GERMAN invasion of RUSSIA, i.e. without Barbarossa, Russia would have never really fought back against the Nazis, content to rule almost all of ...
by Algrokoz
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 17183

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

No one here seems to actually work in medical billing, so let me give you an example of exactly how the system is broken. Insurers demand a discount from hospital systems because they funnel large #s of patients into said system. Hospitals don't want to give discounts because there is really no ince...
by Algrokoz
Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 182424

Re: #903: Extended MInd

It is actually true if you start at "Spark Plug." It is not necessary to check any other page. Necessary maybe not, but I tried Marquis de Sade, Rubber duck, and Chernobyl. All ended up there. The weirdest part is that after philosophy it forms an endless loop with the page metaphysics. O_o
by Algrokoz
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your preferred school of Quantum Mechanics?
Replies: 35
Views: 3717

Re: Your preferred school of Quantum Mechanics?

Elohim wrote:I wonder if all the psuedo-lover of physics,

I am not a pseudo-lover of physics. I am a pseudo-understanderer of physics. That is why I went into a field where I can just make shit up willy nilly, like Economics.
by Algrokoz
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Frontiers in Data Indexing
Replies: 25
Views: 3738

Re: Frontiers in Data Indexing

I'm sorry, but I'm afraid that you have to . To represent 100 incoming bits, be they in a 1-dimensional string, a pyramid, a fractal curve, or arranged almost but not entirely unlike the pattern in a doily, it takes 100 bits to ensure you can represent any incoming combination. There may be methods...
by Algrokoz
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Frontiers in Data Indexing
Replies: 25
Views: 3738

Re: Frontiers in Data Indexing

*Im ignoring quantum computers because a) they dont really exist yet, and b) its massively tangential to your main point Possibly to what I said, but not to what I meant. My concern is simply with why aren't people looking at this as a way to advance computer sciences. But it turns out they are loo...
by Algrokoz
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...
Replies: 29
Views: 6647

Re: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...

Interpretation #2: The conveyor belt can run at any velocity needed to keep the plane's forward motion 0. Assuming the belt has some means to apply force to the airplane (tires with rotational inertia, bearings with friction, or as in a real-world airplane, both), it is inherent in the problem stat...
by Algrokoz
Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uncertain on Uncertainty
Replies: 50
Views: 5071

Re: Uncertain on Uncertainty

Preferred time foliation. Occasional hacks appear which sort of quack like Lorentz invariance for single particle states, but if you deal with multi-particle states in a nonlocal way, then you are going to need to pick some rule for the distances somehow, and Lorentz isn't going to like it. It is p...
by Algrokoz
Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...
Replies: 29
Views: 6647

Re: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...

So I am well aware that an airplane will indeed take off on a conveyor belt, but I think most people's refusal to accept this has to do with their misunderstanding of what the specifics of the experiment are actually implying. There are two airplane-on-a-conveyor-belt problems, differing in how the...
by Algrokoz
Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Frontiers in Data Indexing
Replies: 25
Views: 3738

Re: Frontiers in Data Indexing

but nothing can possibly make them smaller than an ordered 1 dimensional string comprised of the stored data. I don't believe this. I may be wrong, but is there some sort of proof or information that you could provide that would help me convince myself if this is indeed the case. Also I was looking...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...
Replies: 29
Views: 6647

Re: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...

jmorgan3 wrote:The channel wing: a propeller plane designed to take off vertically.

i think this answered my question. a common plane would not take off but that does not mean that you couldn't come up with a experimental design that could. thanks
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Frontiers in Data Indexing
Replies: 25
Views: 3738

Re: Frontiers in Data Indexing

What form would a 2D index take, anyway? What advantages would one bring? wasn't too concerned about the index itself, but that would certainly need to be a part of the solution. what i mean is can you conceive of a data storage scheme that can NOT be diagrammed as a single line or series of single...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Frontiers in Data Indexing
Replies: 25
Views: 3738

Re: Frontiers in Data Indexing

I'm not a programmer, so it's totally possible I'm not understanding this, but: In matlab, you can store information as an array of any size. Is that what you mean, or is that the actual storage, the mess of 1's and 0's, is a linear string? Also, as I understand it, physical data storage is not 3-d...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Throw me potential CS research topics!
Replies: 22
Views: 4793

Re: Throw me potential CS research topics!

Something I always wanted to try was the minimum effort required to cross a hilly plain. The land is defined with some function z(x,y) which should be smooth (Bezier etc) and the objective is to get from x1,y1 to x2,y2 using the least energy. I.e. not a straight line if it takes you over a hill. AF...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Frontiers in Data Indexing
Replies: 25
Views: 3738

Frontiers in Data Indexing

So the other night my roommate paid me to read a couple chapters of his CS textbook and take notes on it. In the process, I found out something, that to put it mildly, shocked me. I had no idea that (as far as I can tell) every data storage indexing scheme is one dimensional. Now of course I am not ...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...
Replies: 29
Views: 6647

Variation of the dreaded airplane/conveyor belt...

So I am well aware that an airplane will indeed take off on a conveyor belt, but I think most people's refusal to accept this has to do with their misunderstanding of what the specifics of the experiment are actually implying. Almost all the "refutations" I see have to do with the plane no...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uncertain on Uncertainty
Replies: 50
Views: 5071

Re: Uncertain on Uncertainty

Well yes, but those are silly, nonlocal and Lorentz violating. Yes, but, tell us how you really feel? Other than 2nd-law-violating, I dont think anything is worse than lorentz-violating. Why? CPT violations are also lorentz violations. And how does Bohm's interpretation of QM require a lorentz viol...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 57078

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

Alt Text: The only winning move is to play, perfectly, waiting for your opponent to make a mistake. It's kinda hard to read at first, but I'll get the hang of it. BTW: For those of you wondering where the comic is, Go to xkcd.com. Press back to go back one comic, and then press forward twice to get...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your preferred school of Quantum Mechanics?
Replies: 35
Views: 3717

Re: Your preferred school of Quantum Mechanics?

Bohm requires you to abandon locality and Lorentz invariance. These are both super important. I am a big fan of decoherent histories. I am actually pretty okay with non-locality. I don't see it as much of an issue (or an issue at all) when compared to a universe that doesn't exist most of the time....
by Algrokoz
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uncertain on Uncertainty
Replies: 50
Views: 5071

Re: Uncertain on Uncertainty

The photon coming off it is the entire basis for the uncertainty princable. not quiiiiiiiite. You want to avoid the temptation to say "The electron actually has a definite momentum and position at a given time, but the process of measurement disturbs it in some way so it can't ever be measured...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your preferred school of Quantum Mechanics?
Replies: 35
Views: 3717

Your preferred school of Quantum Mechanics?

So not being a theoretical physicist, I sometimes find QM to be indistinguishable from general mindfuckery. After countless hours of reading up on the subject, I have come to the conclusion that if my brain and an objective reality that does indeed involve QM are to exist in the same physical univer...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 10229

Re: Depleted Uranium

So how does that fit into your argument about its radioactivity? Edit: Also, osmium costs about $15/g, and iridium costs even more - and they are both much rarer than uranium. Depleted uranium is made from a waste product which has had most of its value removed. I wasn't making a case solely on the...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality in Watchmen
Replies: 103
Views: 20028

Re: Morality in Watchmen

To start off let's discuss the morality of Ozymandias' plan. Was it right of him to kill tens of millions to save humanity or was Rorschach right? First off, i don't really think the book sets Rorschach at odds with Adrian in the first place. They both are do-whatever-it-takes personalities, but fo...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 10229

Re: Depleted Uranium

An equally valid question would be where are you getting your information about. Depleted uranium is not radioactive enough to cook a tank, as you seem to be implying. The point of it is that it's dense, not self heating through fission. No but it is pyrophoric which is why they use it over iridium...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 10229

Re: Depleted Uranium

Depleted Uranium is barely radioactive. It's arguably less toxic than lead (still the most common material of bullets), and uranium is definitely less carcinogenic than the tungsten alloys that would otherwise be used in most of the saboted penetrator roles that DU currently fills. Am I missing som...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 195
Views: 37660

Re: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

as far as Chemical signature of Thermite (high tech incendiary) found in solidified molten metal, and dust samples by physics professor Steven Jones, PhD.(7) goes, let us remember that thermite is merely aluminum shavings and iron oxide, or rust. It's entirely possible that iron slag with aluminum ...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Origins of the American Civil War
Replies: 91
Views: 11905

Re: Origins of the American Civil War

I thought it was common knowledge that the Civil War was fought on things other than slavery, such as State's rights. I'm no scholar and i could be wrong since i don't have the time now to check sources, but I believe the Civil War was fought on the basis that the states who seceded did so because ...
by Algrokoz
Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176527

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

I've heard that slight inflation is apparently the ideal. Any reasoning for it? I'd assume that if we had deflation, then no one would ever make an investment. (ie: its better to just horde your money for the future, when it would be worth more). In inflation, the general population is encouraged t...
by Algrokoz
Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 57078

Re: 832 Tic-Tac-Toe

GoosebusterT5 wrote:Great. Now do one for chess, please!

Well since there are apparently more permutations of of a chess game than atoms in the universe, that might be a little hard.

Also, despite what other posters have said, corner is definitely the way to open.
by Algrokoz
Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality in Watchmen
Replies: 103
Views: 20028

Re: Morality in Watchmen *Spoiler Alert*

As for Ozy's plan, I'm afraid I agree with it. It's like that old train track mental morality experiment, with a twist. Imagine a group of 10 people a track who don't notice a train coming toward them. You cannot talk to them, but you can redirect the train to only hit one of the 10 people. Do you ...
by Algrokoz
Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: possibly new encryption method?
Replies: 5
Views: 3024

Re: possibly new encryption method?

I figured it out. " Obama is a secret muslim."
by Algrokoz
Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?
Replies: 90
Views: 21837

Re: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?

I liked the CG in Ghost in the Shell (the anime series, haven't gotten around to the movies yet), but there was one scene with the following problem: The scene was a helicopter-view of a building, with the building rotating in one direction and the background rotating in the same direction. But, ev...
by Algrokoz
Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 100407

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

Can anyone here actually answer that student's question? Yes, it's quite easy actually. A lot of the lift from a planes wings comes from the fact that they are tilted downwards, i.e. like the blade of a ceiling fan or your hand when you stick it out your car window. If your engine is strong enough ...
by Algrokoz
Sun May 02, 2010 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0055: "Useless"
Replies: 74
Views: 40309

Re: "Useless" Discussion

Lol you are all wrong. cosine <3 = sine <3 + pi. =)

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