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Re: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?

This article is a fine example of recent developments in journalism, whereby: 1. Events that may or may not be new or prominent in a given space get cast as a massive and revolutionary change -- a generational earthquake, a paradigm shift. 2. The revolution (which may exist primarily in the mind of ...
by EMTP
Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:32 am UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?
Replies: 15
Views: 296

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I notice my supposedly privileged position being made a point. Very well, don't take it from me, take it from this woman: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen-Christine_Friele After decades as a figurehead of a national LGBT equality movement, Friele has resorting to lobbying, informing, ...
by Belial
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:57 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 323
Views: 6211

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I notice my supposedly privileged position being made a point. Very well, don't take it from me, take it from this woman: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen-Christine_Friele After decades as a figurehead of a national LGBT equality movement, Friele has resorting to lobbying, informing, ...
by Brandnew
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:51 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 323
Views: 6211

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

... them and only if elected. He won and began sacrificing people left and right to stay in power. Bear in mind that he was actually right; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alger_hiss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_10#The_Hollywood_Ten http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppenheimer_security_hearing ...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:32 pm UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 487
Views: 8181

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

... them and only if elected. He won and began sacrificing people left and right to stay in power. Bear in mind that he was actually right; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alger_hiss http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_10#The_Hollywood_Ten http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppenheimer_security_hearing ...
by Ormurinn
Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:30 pm UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 487
Views: 8181

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

... of speech important except in the very narrow sense defined by law? Well firstly, the lack of freedom of speech can lead to groupthink (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink). Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or ...
by im3w1l
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:45 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 323
Views: 6211

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

... or treason? He only relied on public and undisputed records of financial support of the communist party? Look up the Hollywood Ten. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Ten#The_Hollywood_Ten They were guilty of nothing more than pleading the 5th against the question "Are you involved ...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:44 pm UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 487
Views: 8181

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

I think what people are scared of is this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism . Remember, McCarthy was purely exercising his freedom of speech too, and yet he was quite damaging. There was some government involvement... but the legal aspects ...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:23 pm UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 487
Views: 8181

Re: Count to a Million

... i forgot to count. One Million years from now the Earth could be doing nearly anything. Pole Reversal, Ice Age, Run Away Core Reaction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabrian_(stage) That is about one million back. Let's say the Earth will be dust in the solar wind in One Million Years. If ...
by addams
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:29 am UTC
 
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 57925
Views: 987057

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

... The O-M-G Particle (assuming it was a single proton) had a mass on the order of 10^-27 kg, and the relativistic energy of 50 J ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh-My-God_particle ). If the Sun (with mass on the order of 10^30 kg) would move at the same speed, it would have relativistic ...
by Tass
Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:06 pm UTC
 
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 36
Views: 1430

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

The formula you want for gravitational time dilation is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_time_dilation#Outside_a_non-rotating_sphere t 0 = t f sqrt(1 - GM/(rc²)) For Earth, GM ~= 3.986004418E14 m³/s² (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_gravitational_parameter) ...
by PM 2Ring
Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:45 pm UTC
 
Forum: Science
Topic: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)
Replies: 2101
Views: 245634

Re: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"

Actually there is a second point about the Mercator, which is that not only are the meridians (lines of longitude) all parallel, but the way in which the latitude is mapped vertically is such that 90 degrees latitude (and therefore the top of the map) is at infinity [Pseudo-edit: ninja'd by gmalivu...
by PM 2Ring
Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:02 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"
Replies: 87
Views: 4808

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

And at the age of six, without even noticing , I learned: - The relationship between various countries (which ones are next to others and in what directions). - Asia is the largest continent. - The world is round. - Infantry, cavalry and artillery are different parts of an army. - Which continents ...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 31
Views: 2959

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

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by EpicanicusStrikes
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:05 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 31
Views: 2959

Re: "Why" is the Euler-Mascheroni constant near sqrt(1/3)?

... definite integral that evaluates to gamma. EDITED TO ADD: For anyone reading this who is curious, a bit more information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_number#Special_values_for_fractional_arguments
by skullturf
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:04 pm UTC
 
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Why" is the Euler-Mascheroni constant near sqrt(1/3)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1653

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

... The O-M-G Particle (assuming it was a single proton) had a mass on the order of 10^-27 kg, and the relativistic energy of 50 J ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh-My-God_particle ). If the Sun (with mass on the order of 10^30 kg) would move at the same speed, it would have relativistic ...
by gene123
Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:04 pm UTC
 
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 36
Views: 1430

Re: Today I Learned

TIL how fucking huge Alaska is. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/59/Alaska_area_compared_to_conterminous_US.svg/800px-Alaska_area_compared_to_conterminous_US.svg.png holy shit. edit: woah! over a hundred posts! Beautiful Map! Welcome to over one hundred posts, William. What ar...
by addams
Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:20 pm UTC
 
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 12066
Views: 510383

Re: Today I Learned

PolakoVoador wrote:TIL how fucking huge Alaska is.

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holy shit.

edit: woah! over a hundred posts!
by WilliamTheConqueror
Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
 
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 12066
Views: 510383

Re: Today I Learned

TIL how fucking huge Alaska is.

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by PolakoVoador
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:52 pm UTC
 
Forum: General
Topic: Today I Learned
Replies: 12066
Views: 510383

Re: 1278: "Giraffes"

... conditions - except the frog DNA tells you how to vary the recipe according to conditions. Do you have frogs mixed up with Water Bears? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade Humans don't stand a chance against those things. Frogs? We can kick their cute little asses.
by addams
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:40 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1278: "Giraffes"
Replies: 66
Views: 7236

Re: 1278: "Giraffes"

... Frog's resilience to environmental variations. Frogs are Famous, to me, for being Delicate Little Flowers. They have that permeable skin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frog#Skin You or I can take a bath in Arsenic and come out no worse for wear. Frogs can't do that. I didn't get the Joke. Explain? ...
by addams
Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:49 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1278: "Giraffes"
Replies: 66
Views: 7236

Re: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"

... pronunciation here, although the other form is fairly common, and IIRC, it was the usual pronunciation before we adopted the metric system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilometre#Pronunciation There are two common pronunciations for the word: /ˈkɪlɵmiːtər/ KIL-o-mee-tər and /kɨˈlɒmɨtər/ ki-LOM-i-tər ...
by PM 2Ring
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:53 am UTC
 
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"
Replies: 75
Views: 4308

Re: Could we ever replace fossil fuels in aviation?

... turbines in aircraft is the lower maintainance requirement. I don't know if wankel engines are as low maintainance. As to nuclear aircraft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_NB-36H Interesting. My initial thought about turbine efficiency was that they were developed to be more reliable and just ...
by wumpus
Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:51 pm UTC
 
Forum: Science
Topic: Could we ever replace fossil fuels in aviation?
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Speaking of awesomeness and astronomy, a lunar eclipse will occur during the evening hours on the 14th (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc.) and the wee hours of the morning on the 15th (most of the Western Hemisphere, UK, extreme western Europe, etc.). http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/...
by Giant Speck
Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:26 am UTC
 
Forum: General
Topic: Awesome Thread: awesome
Replies: 4697
Views: 344980

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

Scottish town erects statute in honour of stray cat Wonderful! Bobby. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby There is another Bobby. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbie_the_Wonder_Dog We don't believe in Magic. Still. Bobby may be a very good name for a ...
by addams
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:48 pm UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)
Replies: 8573
Views: 586875

Re: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"

... 15 tons a day * 30 days a month => 10,350 kwh / month Using randell's 0.173 dollars / kwh, that's about 1800 dollars worth of electricity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OTEC (ocean thermal) is a very related topic.
by asdf28
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:31 am UTC
 
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"
Replies: 36
Views: 2315

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

... which are genuinely exact in some limit. Your "approximations" are never correct in some limit, they are just wrong . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Model#Tests_and_predictions Oh this argument again. As you can see getting 2 significant figures compared to experiment ...
by curtis95112
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:33 am UTC
 
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 33
Views: 772

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

... ruled that such language in state constitutions was in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incorporation_of_the_Bill_of_Rights
by Djehutynakht
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:37 am UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)
Replies: 8573
Views: 586875

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

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Reli ... #State_law

There are states that require you believe in God to hold state office.
by Thesh
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:05 am UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)
Replies: 8573
Views: 586875

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

... their lives and promote Peace and Good Will, Bless Her. Sanctions will not help Russia meet her responsibilities. Economic Sanctions Suck. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_sanctions BBC article: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26612848 Another BBC article: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26680182 ...
by addams
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:31 pm UTC
 
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 434
Views: 16078

Re: Examples of Deep Magic

... with an emperical correction applied. Its far far easier to understand Fast Inverse Square than it is to understand RSA Primes IMO. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton%27s_method http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_inverse_square_root With knowledge of Newton's Method (basic Calculus), you ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:38 pm UTC
 
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Examples of Deep Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 2486

Re: Could we ever replace fossil fuels in aviation?

The main reason we use turbines in aircraft is the lower maintainance requirement. I don't know if wankel engines are as low maintainance. As to nuclear aircraft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_NB-36H
by Nicias
Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:39 pm UTC
 
Forum: Science
Topic: Could we ever replace fossil fuels in aviation?
Replies: 17
Views: 755

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

... which are genuinely exact in some limit. Your "approximations" are never correct in some limit, they are just wrong . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Model#Tests_and_predictions Oh this argument again. As you can see getting 2 significant figures compared to experiment ...
by eSOANEM
Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:57 pm UTC
 
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 33
Views: 772

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

... which are genuinely exact in some limit. Your "approximations" are never correct in some limit, they are just wrong . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Model#Tests_and_predictions Oh this argument again. As you can see getting 2 significant figures compared to experiment ...
by quarkcosh1
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:59 pm UTC
 
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 33
Views: 772

Re: 1190: "Time"

... for English is, in fact, another valid one, and it is true for a number of languages. BTW, Wikipedia has, as usual, a good article on that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_gender Didn't mean anything specific by beatdown. It just seemed the simplest way to condense your informative and ...
by Dracomax
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:51 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 76028
Views: 4784970

Re: 1190: "Time"

... for English is, in fact, another valid one, and it is true for a number of languages. BTW, Wikipedia has, as usual, a good article on that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_gender
by tresoldi
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 76028
Views: 4784970

Re: 1351: "Metamaterials"

... shorter wavelength lasers and has an "optical sectioning" effect (although you can get that with confocal microscopy as well) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiphoton_fluorescence_microscope
by Quercus
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:19 pm UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1351: "Metamaterials"
Replies: 53
Views: 3322

quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_coupling_constant http://m.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1%2F%283%28e^pi%29%21%28pi^e%29%21%29&x=0&y=0&js=off I found this a while ago and it is a surprisingly accurate approximation ...
by quarkcosh1
Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:16 pm UTC
 
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 33
Views: 772

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

panthersnbraves wrote:Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, c-beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

Classic! I could feel the rain.

Yes!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tears_in_rain_soliloquy (Blade Runner spoilers...)
by veit
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:27 am UTC
 
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 9893
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