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by seladore
Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Control of free speech for popular music...
Replies: 36
Views: 4781

Re: Control of free speech for popular music...

I can't imagine what criteria you would apply, in order to choose what is 'good'. I have known a girl with a degree in music theory, who loves drum 'n' bass. Is she an 'expert'? So shops should listen to her opinion rather than anyone else's? What about other musicians? Would you be happy with shops...
by seladore
Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 149052

Re: eating meat

A friend and I were talking about going hunting. He wants to do bow hunting, I figure, if you're going to go all primative, you might as well work on your spear skills and go spear hunting. On another note, my goal as a runner is to one day run down and kill an antelope with my bare hands. It's bee...
by seladore
Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14527

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

The line should be drawn at a point where the number of remaining humans is below the threshold of being able to provide a social framework that results in the happiness, comfort, and safety for as many people as possible. So, 100 people left wouldn't work, we'd have to revert to a pre-industrial s...
by seladore
Sun Nov 23, 2008 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Problem - Optimal Angle
Replies: 13
Views: 1916

Re: Physics Problem - Optimal Angle

Are you just copying this from the question sheet?
by seladore
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14527

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

I think the problem is that taking such a wild and unrealistic extrapolation doesn't make any sense. It's like saying to a growing child "I worry about your growth rate, you are going to be hundreds of feet tall if you continue to grow". 1) The human race wouldn't get down to 20 people, or...
by seladore
Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14527

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

The line should be drawn at a point where the number of remaining humans is below the threshold of being able to provide a social framework that results in the happiness, comfort, and safety for as many people as possible. So, 100 people left wouldn't work, we'd have to revert to a pre-industrial so...
by seladore
Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14527

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

To the OP: I don't think you have stated why it is a problem for first world countries to have negative population growth, except with some analogy to 'other animals'. I strongly disagree that this is a problem at all. Even within this logical framework, surely you could believe that what we are doi...
by seladore
Sun Nov 23, 2008 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Effects of Population Growth / Decline
Replies: 138
Views: 14527

Re: How to solve the problem of low birth rate

It's not a problem. We have way more humans than there should be, and we need to stop having so many kids. Most animals do just start dying off, yeah. But aside from the fact that people starving to death is something that I'd like to avoid as much as possible, humans aren't the type to just start ...
by seladore
Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism
Replies: 99
Views: 9531

Re: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism

JayDee pretty much nailed it in his post. It is very common to feel the need to blame someone or something specific after a suicide -- when you have a target, you have a clear shot at closure. I'm concerned about the ramifications for this boy's community, and for the instructor, because a tragedy ...
by seladore
Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British National Party membership list leaks online
Replies: 52
Views: 4819

Re: British National Party membership list leaks online

I find that the same people who advocate violence against the BNP or similar are the same people who advocate violence and sometimes the death penalty against paedophiles or similar. Which, ironically, is one of the BNP's policies. So there you go. I was imagining it was more left-leaning people, w...
by seladore
Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism
Replies: 99
Views: 9531

Re: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism

And the child wasn't very religious if he committed suicide. Usually the eternal damnation in the fire-y pits of torment part was put in there to stop people from doing that. I think that was the point... he became a-religious as a result of reading the book. And, not having a moral framework indep...
by seladore
Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Meteor Lights up Western Canadian Sky
Replies: 9
Views: 1501

Re: Meteor Lights up Western Canadian Sky

Comment below one of the youtube vids of this...

A: "I've never seen anything bright enough to turn night into day before"
B: "You think that's cool, you should see the SUN"

Made me laugh, somewhat.
by seladore
Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British National Party membership list leaks online
Replies: 52
Views: 4819

Re: British National Party membership list leaks online

I'm pretty appalled at the number of people - who under normal circumstances would find the idea of hating someone based on a belief abhorrent - advocating violence and/or intimidation against these people. (Not people here. Elsewhere etc.) If they go and beat up a black person as a result of their ...
by seladore
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Point masses
Replies: 8
Views: 1444

Re: Point masses

Don't confuse models with the way things "really" are. Every physical theory is a model. Points make doing calculations easy, and almost always work just fine, but infinite electric fields and singularities don't really make any physical sense. Yeeeeah, okay. I agree. But really big black...
by seladore
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism
Replies: 99
Views: 9531

Man blames son's suicide on Atheism

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=81459 Boy takes biology, and is challenged to read 'The God Delusion' by his teacher. "Three people told us he had taken a biology class and was doing well in it, but other students and the professor were really challenging my son, ...
by seladore
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics help? anyone? i'm sure its easy, but i can't get it.
Replies: 13
Views: 2004

Re: physics help? anyone? i'm sure its easy, but i can't get it.

Saying that, giving answers to 14 s.f. when the question gives 3 isn't OK.
by seladore
Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ÿ
Replies: 67
Views: 6048

Re: Faster than the Speed of Light-Without violating relativity

Yes, you've fit in well with the pedantry of this forum by pointing out an obvious typo and expanding on it as if the author were wrong. Well, to be fair the author was wrong. Making Ashi technically correct--the best kind of correct. I hereby promote him/her/it to grade 37. I believe schilm / schl...
by seladore
Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ÿ
Replies: 67
Views: 6048

Re: Faster than the Speed of Light-Without violating relativity

Klotz wrote:Yes, you've fit in well with the pedantry of this forum by pointing out an obvious typo and expanding on it as if the author were wrong.


Well, to be fair the author was wrong.
by seladore
Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ÿ
Replies: 67
Views: 6048

Re: Faster than the Speed of Light-Without violating relativity

1) The interesting idea that the expansion of space is occurring faster than the speed of light itself, much like it would have after the big bang (the idea anyways). http://newswise.com/articles/view/543391/ 2) The first article listed in my references 3) Actually it came to me when I was asleep i...
by seladore
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3588055

Re: Rant Thread

Rant (not directed at someone from the Science forum, though it may look that way as your thread reminded me of past anger). The fact that you, as a school dropout, have, in the past, read a book on a certain subject ^1 , doesn't make your half-formed fuck-headed witless ideas equally as valid as mi...
by seladore
Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to beat the Game
Replies: 42
Views: 7815

Re: How to beat the Game

I have always suspected that people act as if they get annoyed when they lose - as that is what the meme requires - but in reality no-one actually cares.
by seladore
Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stupidest comment ever
Replies: 339
Views: 34841

Re: stupidest comment ever

"I think paedophiles should be sent to death camps like they have in america." Haha what? (University sociology student) "I read that there were these afgan immigrants who got given a mansion whilst the poor british soldier lived in his car." Yeah from the reputable 'daily mail'...
by seladore
Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to beat the Game
Replies: 42
Views: 7815

Re: How to beat the Game

I don't get why this is such a successful meme. Lots of people that I know, who happily consider themselves 'above' other memes ('above' isn't really right. They dismiss them as just stupid, and get on with their lives), take the 'game' meme really seriously. (Seriously in the way you take any meme ...
by seladore
Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ÿ
Replies: 67
Views: 6048

Re: Faster than the Speed of Light-Without violating relativity

Space moves faster than time, it has been proven Totally sigging this, by the way. Seriously, what is it about Cosmology that makes people go "well I have no training or knowledge in the subject, but I think I can do better than those trained professionals"? A few questions for you... 1) ...
by seladore
Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says
Replies: 23
Views: 3071

Re: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says

ThinkerEmeritus wrote:
segmentation fault wrote:would a black hole qualify as dark matter?


Definitely, but not all the dark matter can be black holes.


And black holes are generally detected via thermal X-ray emission from their accretion disc. It's quite hard to hide a black hole.
by seladore
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What argument styles are acceptable/unacceptable? (Opinion!)
Replies: 179
Views: 21476

Re: Free Speech, Debate, and online Forums

What is racist about hating Nymphos? Unless you meant nipples. Then I agree. Seriously though, I'm not sure what basis you have for saying that cultural diversity leads to many valid debate styles. Ideally, debates construct a logical argument using deductive and inductive reasoning. Arguments that ...
by seladore
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assuming big bang = true, now is universe =/= sphere?
Replies: 27
Views: 2833

Re: Assuming big bang = true, now is universe =/= sphere?

When you assume, "big bang = true" you realize that "1+1=2" is a big bang statement, right? And that scientists believe the word started with an event called "true"? DON'T ABUSE THE EQUAL SIGN! Or that the variable 'big bang' is being assigned the logic operator 'true'.
by seladore
Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assuming big bang = true, now is universe =/= sphere?
Replies: 27
Views: 2833

Re: Assuming big bang = true, now is universe =/= sphere?

If our matter once occupied the same volume as all other matter and then we exploded in all directions, how is anything "outside" of the visible universe sphere of c*age? We didn't explode in all directions... space itself is expanding, individual galaxies aren't moving through space. (no...
by seladore
Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says
Replies: 23
Views: 3071

Re: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says

Why is it that unexplained things like the great attractor, or the effects we attribute to dark matter and dark energy, aren't usually seen as undermining relativity and its ideas of mass bending space? The math we've got for predicting gravity doesn't seem to be accurate at scales larger than the ...
by seladore
Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6983

Re: Islam reaches out

Basically 138 leading Islamic clerics have identified common ground with Christianity, and are attempting to paint a picture of the two religions worshiping the same god in different ways. They have called on the Vatican to join them. What's the point? I see what you are saying, but I do feel this ...
by seladore
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6983

Re: Islam reaches out

How the fuck...


Whether it is valid to describe ignorant hating of "DEM MUSLIM PEOPLE' as racism, with Islam being a religion.

Just semantics to begin with, but look what happened.
by seladore
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6983

Re: Islam reaches out

That said, I'm trying to understand why, besides social norms, it's ok to call someone stupid for believing one set of facts but not another? Why is it ok to dismiss someone who thinks snow is made out of really cold sand as stupid, but someone who thinks humanity's fears and insecurities are cause...
by seladore
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6983

Re: Islam reaches out

If by "apt" you mean "dangerous", I agree. You know, it's possible to just say "I disagree", without having to resort to hilariously sarcastic reversals. It's like how people say "the Jews" while meaning the Hebrew people. The arbitrary blurring of the line b...
by seladore
Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6983

Re: Islam reaches out

SJ Zero wrote:Wait. Islam is a race now?


Well, in many people's minds Arab = Islamic. The kind of people who would hate someone for being Islamic probably don't see a distinction between 'Middle-Eastern people' and 'Muslims', so in a way describing it as racism is apt.
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28176

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

Your axes are wrong. EV is the dependent variable and should be on the vertical axis. Well not really, it's not a dependent variable because nothing is changing. This isn't an experiment, changing the population of a state and finding out how many EVs it ends up with as a function of population. 'P...
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28176

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

OK, having way too much time on my hands I have made said plot. I see the point now... states with low populations are awarded proportionally more EVs than those with higher populations. Based on California's population (the highest point), you would expect it to have ~0.12 of the EV fraction, or 65...
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28176

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

But (and sorry if I'm being obtuse) the number of EVs accorded to each state is proportional to the population, which was my earlier point. So it doesn't actually matter, except for maintaining state identities in a kind of abstract, 'we are a red state' kind of way. What I want to see is a plot of ...
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28176

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

What I don't understand is how the EV system gives North Dakotans more of a say than simply using the popular vote (by population, ND is ~0.3% of the US). I'll put it to you this way. Let's say we do it based purely on popular vote, Obama wins. North Dakota is now just any other state, and what the...
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bandpass filter
Replies: 7
Views: 1384

Re: Bandpass filter

LaTeX? Cumbersome?? How dare you?

Seriously though, good work on the derivation. I haven't gone through the working myself, but seems to be a good result.
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting a head start on the presidential election.
Replies: 27
Views: 2030

Re: Getting a head start on the presidential election.

That is very true, I hadn't thought of that.

I agree that the secret service will be able to protect him though. I'm guessing that they have become much, much better funded and equipped since 1963.

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