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by Syntax
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hypothetical Situation,
Replies: 16
Views: 2734

Re: Hypothetical Situation,

This is yet another question that Star Trek TNG can answer. Sentient beings should have rights. Captain Picard stood up for Data when they wanted to disassemble and study him.
by Syntax
Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Homework Question.
Replies: 2
Views: 598

Homework Question.

So I'm kind of an amateur tutor and I try to give people useful advice or tips when they ask me about math online. No idea on this one:


log[x(x+2)/(x+4)^14],x>0

-write as a sum or difference of algorithms.






...That's all I was given. Any idea, xkcd forum? It makes no sense to me.
by Syntax
Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15584

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

I wonder what the contents of those documents are? From the sounds of it, they contain some pretty signifigant information... Well wikileaks seems to be down right now. Interestingly, THIS LINK was tweeted from wikileaks' account. It appears to be an encytped file. I think the point is we're all su...
by Syntax
Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15584

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

I wonder how big a hit in foreign relations this will be. I wonder if we (Canadians) will care in the end. I can just see it now... "According to classified Pentagon documents released Tuesday by Wikileaks, the whistleblower website founded by the controversial Julian Assange, Canadian beer su...
by Syntax
Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15584

Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs

And our government is promptly shitting their pants: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/11/24/wikileaks-ottawa.html U.S. officials say the documents may contain accounts of compromising conversations with political dissidents and friendly politicians and could result in the expulsion of U.S. diplom...
by Syntax
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery launch"
Replies: 40
Views: 6433

Re: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery lau

Gee Willikers! THE SUN IS APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES FROM THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH ACCORDING TO TRIGONOMETRY AND THE FACT THAT OPTICAL ILLUSIONS DON'T EXIST! WE'RE DOOMED! Nah. That photo was just taken from the western edge of the world, and the sun is about to sink into the ocean like it does every ni...
by Syntax
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery launch"
Replies: 40
Views: 6433

Re: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery lau

On a (somewhat) related note...


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Oh me yarm! THE SUN IS APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES FROM THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH ACCORDING TO TRIGONOMETRY AND THE FACT THAT OPTICAL ILLUSIONS DON'T EXIST! WE'RE DOOMED!
by Syntax
Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery launch"
Replies: 40
Views: 6433

Re: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery lau

Diadem wrote:But why is it orange? What chemicals is the government spreading into our air, and to what purpose? Mindcontrol? To make us docile? Regardless of the intent, it is extremely worrying.



Di-hydrogen Monoxide. Those devious bastards! Don't they know they're just going to create Reavers?!
by Syntax
Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The media would have us believe there was a "mystery launch"
Replies: 40
Views: 6433

The media would have us believe there was a "mystery launch"

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/09/california.contrails/index.html?hpt=C1 ...But anyone who knows anything about the contrails of vertically launched rockets knows that they have a characteristic "spiral" shape due to the Coriolis effect: http://www.spacearchive.info/delta-ii-iridium-ms-5-2...
by Syntax
Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So this girl falls 6 stories...
Replies: 55
Views: 8267

So this girl falls 6 stories...

...Bounces off a store awning and lands in a doctor's arms.




No, seriously. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11673774
by Syntax
Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks releases 400 000 Iraq war documents
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

Wikileaks releases 400 000 Iraq war documents

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11612731


400,000 classified documents pertaining to the war in Iraq. Holy shit.

Old title: Julian Assange has outdone himself. Fix'd for non-descriptive title

-fjafjan
by Syntax
Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fun with Graphs
Replies: 55
Views: 5915

Re: Fun with Graphs

The graph was a blatant attempt at dishonesty. Darell Huff is rolling around in his grave, I'm sure. But that wasn't the only dishonest statistic they chose to highlight: The wage gap is even worse for women of color. In 2008, the earnings for African American women were $31,489, 67.9 percent of men...
by Syntax
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Solar death ray myth confirmed!
Replies: 10
Views: 2023

Solar death ray myth confirmed!

Kind of... It's actually pretty surprising that an architect wouldn't have foreseen this happening. Aren't they usually smart? How exactly did he pitch that sale? "Step 1) Build gigantic concave mirror and point it at the sun. Step 3) Profit." "Within 30 seconds, the back of my legs ...
by Syntax
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: At long last...Hawking Radiation Observed?
Replies: 24
Views: 2739

At long last...Hawking Radiation Observed?

According to popular science...


Oddly enough, it wasn't observed in a black hole; it was a piece of "fused silica" being bombarded with a laser beam. Cool stuff.
by Syntax
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: You can solve any rubik's cube in 20 moves.
Replies: 27
Views: 5084

You can solve any rubik's cube in 20 moves.

It took 35-cpu years and plenty of man-hours to prove, but there it is. In the infamous words of Randal Munroe, "now you're just fucking with me..."

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-08/gods-number-revealed-20-moves-will-solve-any-rubiks-cube-position
by Syntax
Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian scientists charged with manslaughter...guess why?
Replies: 45
Views: 7845

Re: Italian scientists charged with manslaughter...guess why

I think I see the logic before this. If we arrest a bunch of seismologists every time someone is hurt in an earthquake then seismologists will be motivated to come up with better methodology more quickly. LOL. That reminds me of a story I once heard about some foreign students visiting the U.S. for...
by Syntax
Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian scientists charged with manslaughter...guess why?
Replies: 45
Views: 7845

Italian scientists charged with manslaughter...guess why?

Because they failed to predict an earthquake. No really. Only in Italy. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-06/top-italian-scientists-who-failed-predict-2009-earthquake-now-face-manslaughter-charges Nearly 4,000 researchers around the world have come to the seismologists' defense, signing a l...
by Syntax
Fri May 21, 2010 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Draw Mohammad Day
Replies: 414
Views: 47585

Re: Draw Mohammad Day

A friend and I painted The Rock on MSU's campus. Check it out!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJZ4mv1MBiM
by Syntax
Wed May 12, 2010 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate isn't good for you, and you shouldn't be surprised
Replies: 44
Views: 6182

Re: Chocolate isn't good for you, and you shouldn't be surpr

Wait around for a year or so. That's typically enough time for the scientific community to change its mind about any particular food.


...Which begs the question, are eggs good or bad for you this month?
by Syntax
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could quantum computers generate random numbers?
Replies: 32
Views: 4568

Re: Could quantum computers generate random numbers?

It's easy: http://www.fourmilab.ch/hotbits/



All you need is a Geiger-counter, a chunk of Americium-241(grab some from a smoke detector, perhaps?) and a computer.
by Syntax
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 3 gyros and a spinning gyro
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: 3 gyros and a spinning gyro

Similar systems are used to orient satellites in space:


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by Syntax
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What determines the lifespan of an organism?
Replies: 32
Views: 3284

Re: What determines the lifespan of an organism?

One theory is that it has to do with the number of natural predators the creature has. Sea turtles have remarkably few, aside from the first 10 terrifying minutes of their life after they hatch. Creatures that have the capability of dying of old age with some certainty have the opportunity to "...
by Syntax
Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD t-shirt in Questionable Content
Replies: 7
Views: 1807

Re: XKCD t-shirt in Questionable Content

I always feel so cool when I wear my XKCD shirt. I imagine one day someone will walk up to me and say "HEY! That's that math comic from xkcd! Cool!"



...but no one ever does :'(
by Syntax
Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's Approval Most Polarized for First-Year President
Replies: 22
Views: 2846

Re: Obama's Approval Most Polarized for First-Year President

Ixtellor wrote:...
4) Republicans are racists.


Perhaps...

...but if racism is the cause of this drop in support, it's certainly not just among republicans.


"...it appears as though Obama's relatively small loss in support among Democrats has come exclusively from white Democrats."
by Syntax
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Truth about Gender and Math
Replies: 104
Views: 11903

Re: The Truth about Gender and Math

"• When boys do better, they are usually also doing worse. Boys are also more likely than girls to get nearly all the answers wrong. So they overpopulate both tails of the bell curve; boys are both better, and worse, than girls at math." This seems like a somewhat dishonest view of a stati...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

Ahh okay so you're trolling. I see. Starting a new topic for discussion expecting people to not discuss it, and gloating about it when they do like you somehow tricked us. This was not any kind of misguided attempt at passive ridicule, I assure you. we're just going around in circles now...and you'...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

I honestly can't think of a way to sum up how wrong you are. Should we read all the writing on the toilet stall, because it is our onus as readers to? Should I watch the entirety of a terrible soap opera because it is our onus as viewers to? Should I read the entirety of the license agreements on s...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

FREE SPEECH in AMERICA is "BULL SHIT", EVIL EDUCATORS block and suppress http://www.timecube.com. You are educated evil, and might have to kill the evil ONE teaching educators before you can learn that 4 corner days actually exist -but all Cube Truth denied. Dumb ass educators fear me and...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

Indeed. It's easy to blame the general populace for not reading your post thoroughly enough, but the onus isn't on them to read it. If you want people to pay attention to what you're saying, the onus is on you to make it worth their while. The lack of attention paid to your posts is therefore your ...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

Man, I actually wanted to talk about this topic of going to class. You could've made a post about reading posts...people might have responded better if you hadn't tried to be tricksy. Would I have chosen a boring topic if I wanted to be tricksy? It's thought provoking. Here's the original thread (m...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

I believe this is appropriate here. Also, I'll point out the idea of reading each and every post in it's entirety is absurd. There are threads on this board that are, literally, thousands of posts long. Asking someone to read all of that before posting is ridiculous - you ought to be able to get a ...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

How many threads have more than 1,000 posts on the xkcd forums? Making the world a weirder place . 1645 posts. Woman Thread . 20975 posts. What were your dreams last night . 1418 posts. Confessional Shed . 36297 posts. Fleeting/Random/Thoughts . 45500 posts. Plus 10 more on the first page of the Ge...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

I believe it's important to read an entire post; while many posts fit a certain syntax(such as the one pointed out by "You, sir, name?"), many do not. Regardless, the thoughts of other people(no matter how subjective) cannot be assumed to be extraneous in regards to meaningful discussion....
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

I believe this is appropriate here. Also, I'll point out the idea of reading each and every post in it's entirety is absurd. There are threads on this board that are, literally, thousands of posts long. Asking someone to read all of that before posting is ridiculous - you ought to be able to get a ...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

Some things aren't worth the time to read them entirely. In fact I'm pretty sure I absorbed every major point in every sentence you made except the tricky bit, most likely because my brain is overly good at blocking out things that do not fit. There is simply such a large amount of data out on the ...
by Syntax
Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

Re: "Have you taken a course in that?"

I guess I should explain myself, now that the "cat is out of the bag". I got the sneaking suspicion that some of my posts aren't thoroughly read, even when they contain information vital to the conversation(this particular post is not a good example...but then again, I didn't write it. it ...
by Syntax
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Have you taken a course in that?"
Replies: 73
Views: 6392

"Have you taken a course in that?"

A disturbing number of people I've met seem to think that educational institutions are the sole providers of knowledge. Upon discussing certain topics in depth with others, I often get the standard line "wow you know a lot about this. Did you take CSC234 with Prof. Egghead?". A "no&qu...
by Syntax
Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 760325

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

HUH?! WHAT!? read the whole thing. it's fucking hilarious. “Can you give your daughter a better body image by setting the table? Could placemats help keep your kids off drugs? Are your kids more likely to talk when their mouths are full? What can more dinners together do for your family?” Did Stouf...

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