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by BlackSails
Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?
Replies: 20
Views: 5150

Re: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?

The sensor would be affected by thermodynamic fluctuations, either in its mechanism, or when the gas close to it has a higher pressure than the chamber as a whole. Thus most of the times it is triggered will be false alarms, which will cancel out any benefit I dont know about that, since you can se...
by BlackSails
Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?
Replies: 20
Views: 5150

Re: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?

The sensor would be affected by thermodynamic fluctuations, either in its mechanism, or when the gas close to it has a higher pressure than the chamber as a whole. Thus most of the times it is triggered will be false alarms, which will cancel out any benefit I dont know about that, since you can se...
by BlackSails
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Let's terraform Jupiter!
Replies: 26
Views: 9070

Re: Let's terraform Jupiter!

Just nuke the atmosphere off of venus, and then seed it with bacteria to make a new one that isnt the worst.
by BlackSails
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Individual balance
Replies: 28
Views: 3719

Re: Individual balance

Some of us anyway.

For example, diverticulitis is basically non-existent in india. Its mainly a punishment of our decadent imperialist western nations
by BlackSails
Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Individual balance
Replies: 28
Views: 3719

Re: Individual balance

(sigmoid) Diverticulitis is a disease of modern humans only (no known cases pre-industrial revolution, either by records or preserved anatomic specimens).
by BlackSails
Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 30828

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

Tyndmyr wrote:
sardia wrote:So we make them serve community service helping others get vaccinated? Sounds good. Just gotta update all their shots beforehand.


Or maybe care for the sick.

Vaccination optional.


Why would you want unvaccinated people in contact with the elderly and people with compromised immune systems?
by BlackSails
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 30828

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

Drunk drivers kill other people.
by BlackSails
Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spectrum of antimatter excursion
Replies: 11
Views: 2306

Re: Spectrum of antimatter excursion

High intensity gamma radiation is going to be visible when it makes cherenkov radiation in the humor of your eye.
by BlackSails
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.
Replies: 135
Views: 27226

Re: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.

skolnick1 wrote:, he's going to bang up against the walls and his momentum will drop off, eventually trapping him in the center of the Earth! I call this the "hell scenario".


Actually no. This happens anyway due to Coriolis effects, and also drag.
by BlackSails
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human Gut Microbiome: Essential or Not?
Replies: 31
Views: 6985

Re: Human Gut Microbiome: Essential or Not?

And, coming back to your statement from the other thread, I don't think you've provided any links to support the claim that some microfauna are required for metabolism . Yes, they play lots of roles in metabolism, but that's not the same as saying they're required. You will die of coagulopathy with...
by BlackSails
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 30828

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

In NY, at least for children, personal histories are reported. There is a website doctors can log into to check immunization history.
by BlackSails
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 30828

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

Does insurance pay for treatment/hospitalization if you refuse vaccination and then contract the illness you refused vaccination for?
by BlackSails
Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 30828

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

I thought the US avoided this sort of nonsense by forcing people to be vacinated to get into school. The UK is far far worse, we have 1000s of cases as the vax rate dropped off a cliff because of that one idiot. Of course I'm a hypocrite to an extent because I'm not vacinated against TB because I d...
by BlackSails
Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Replies: 122
Views: 31418

Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Has anyone actually completed one of the mosaic piece collections? Or are they just there to annoy you? I dont even mean those, although those are stupid as well. I mean the ones like "WELCOME TO OUR FORTRESS. PLEASE FIND SEVEN LETTERS FROM FALLEN SOLDIERS. THEY ARE NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR PLACE...
by BlackSails
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mary Cheney, Drag Queens and Blackface
Replies: 36
Views: 8193

Re: Mary Cheney, Drag Queens and Blackface

Why are we not discussing
the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wondered aloud Thursday in a private Facebook post obtained by CNN.


Emphasis added. Thats like the news going through your mail and then publishing it.
by BlackSails
Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Replies: 122
Views: 31418

Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition

The search quests, especially the ones scattered all over the entire map and without a directional ping are incredibly fucking stupid.
by BlackSails
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Remember Subprime Mortgages? Time for Subprime Autos
Replies: 39
Views: 13228

Re: Remember Subprime Mortgages? Time for Subprime Autos

Let me restate my question. Buyer buys car he can't afford at an interest rate that hurts. Seller finances that car and then sells that debt.(he is clear and has his money) Buyer of the debt puts that debt into some kind of financial instrument and offers it for sale and collects a fee and the sale...
by BlackSails
Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Whats happening in MS patients?
Replies: 71
Views: 13437

Re: Whats happening in MS patients?

I have peered into the future, and divined skolnick's next thread. Hey guys, I found this bacteria that has similar symptoms to appendicitis! Look at those crazy surgeons, removing appendixes from people who just have an infection!!!!!! All they need is some willow extract and they would be fine but...
by BlackSails
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Prime Minister wants to ban encryption.
Replies: 29
Views: 9749

Re: British Prime Minister wants to ban encryption.

Also a typical college sophomore majoring in math ought to be able to make a cryptosystem that the government could not break. You cant put the genie back in the bottle
by BlackSails
Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ransomeware Customer Service
Replies: 9
Views: 4149

Re: Ransomeware Customer Service

Its funny when criminals have better customer service than large corporations (comcast im looking at you)
by BlackSails
Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: (New) Neutrinos = Tachyon?
Replies: 19
Views: 5453

Re: (New) Neutrinos = Tachyon?

The short answer is no, the long answer is that neutrinos go slower than the speed of light, not faster
by BlackSails
Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: how to communicate under heavy targeted surveillance
Replies: 13
Views: 8471

Re: how to communicate under heavy targeted surveillance

You can set up quantum cryptosystems that cannot be eavesdropped on without being detected. You still have the issue of key exchange though
by BlackSails
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 45041

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

I cant get this game to launch.
by BlackSails
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 64032

Re: Ebola thread

This is where your ignorance of probability overlaps with ignorance of biology and epidemiology. As I said, this is an extremely difficult disease to get, really only front line healthcare workers -- like me and my colleagues in the ED -- face even a greater than infinitesimal risk. Would I be corr...
by BlackSails
Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Hatred" (game trailer with extremely graphic violence)
Replies: 16
Views: 3900

Re: "Hatred" (game trailer with extremely graphic violence)

Thats pretty fucked up, about on the same level as "Simterrorist" or "Rapist: Call of the shadows" would be.
by BlackSails
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 64032

Re: Ebola thread

My hospital was just designated an ebola center, AMA.
by BlackSails
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue
Replies: 52
Views: 11672

Re: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue

Sounds like willful ignorance to me. why are they calling in out of network doctors to do nursing work ? How convenient it is to deny any knowledge of impropriety. It's one thing to deny intent but a hospital provides vulnerable victims who are easy to take advantage of. I have no idea who is or is...
by BlackSails
Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue
Replies: 52
Views: 11672

Re: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue

Nobody is doing this to increase revenue. Not a single doctor knows who is cheap or expensive, or what gets charged for consults. Consults are called because no doctor knows everything. If I have a patient who comes in with a gunshot wound to the face, and he has some wierd rash on his arm, at some ...
by BlackSails
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.
Replies: 135
Views: 27226

Re: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.

gmalivuk wrote:
skolnick1 wrote:Alright, fine. What keeps dark matter from collapsing, if it only interacts gravitationally?
The fact that there's no mechanism by which dark matter particles could shed angular momentum.


Even if they could, they would have some temperature and condensation could take a long time.
by BlackSails
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: League of Legends
Replies: 4402
Views: 638985

Re: League of Legends

http://matchhistory.na.leagueoflegends. ... 6/32956712

Take a guess at which player blamed which other player for losing the game.
by BlackSails
Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4646
Views: 726994

Re: The Darker Side of the News

KnightExemplar wrote:No one really cares about a 3-day suspension either


Maybe you dont. Im pretty sure college admission committees do.
by BlackSails
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creator of the Pop-Up Ad Issues a Public Apology
Replies: 16
Views: 6795

Re: Creator of the Pop-Up Ad Issues a Public Apology

I havent gotten a popup ad in years.
by BlackSails
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6980
Views: 1141067

Re: Police misbehavior thread

There should really just be a national mandate for police body cams.

Edit: Actually, I cant find good studies on that. Start with some studies to determine if they are effective.
by BlackSails
Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)
Replies: 148
Views: 48976

Re: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)

Yeah, magic items(scrolls especially) greatly extend endurance at high levels. Plus, you just natively have a pile of spell slots and stuff. Running dry is a serious concern at low levels, but once you get up there...stopping to sleep is not a serious difficulty. Hell, your character may not need t...
by BlackSails
Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)
Replies: 148
Views: 48976

Re: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)

Tyndmyr wrote:Once the wizard has teleport, the rest of those abilities become irrelevant.


There are multiple ways for a GM to deal with teleport, from dimensionally locking the area, to anticipate teleport traps, to just requiring multiple uses with no chance to rest.
by BlackSails
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)
Replies: 148
Views: 48976

Re: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)

The thing is, int 6 is approaching intelligence of a smart dog. On a good day he can identify himself in a mirror. This is compared to the int 25 wizard, who is superhumanly intelligent
by BlackSails
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)
Replies: 148
Views: 48976

Re: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)

It is story realistic. The rogue is the only one with the ability to pickpocket the guard's key. Only the barbarian has the strength to bust down the jail's door. Only the wizard has the knowledge to identify the monster as a particular extra-planar being vulnerable to some particular thing. If the ...
by BlackSails
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)
Replies: 148
Views: 48976

Re: D&D Next (or 5e, or just D&D now actually)

rmsgrey wrote:
Fair enough - it does address one of the biggest flaws in 3E - that you can keep adding numbers to anything indefinitely and reach the point where the difference between a high performer and a low performer is more than a d20 roll can cover.


That seems pretty realistic to me.
by BlackSails
Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 161136

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

sardia wrote:
I have a nagging feeling the Europeans are right, and we should give Russia a way out. And by way out, I mean not start World War III. Russia responds to every setback by seeming to double down. Very concerning behavior.


Pretty sure people said the same thing about the sudetenland.
by BlackSails
Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6980
Views: 1141067

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Maybe it is different in NYC, but around here the cops will basically beg you to keep people in the hospital. This means the cops get to delay paperwork until he is discharged and at least one cop gets super cushy angry birds duty sitting outside the guys room and undoing the handcuffs when the medi...

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