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by Alexius
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 132046

Re: Obscure Language Game

Derek wrote:The third one looks like a Romance language. I'm going to throw out Romanian as a random guess.

Nope- and it's not a Romance language. That's probably the most difficult of the three...
by Alexius
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Things I Won't Work With" (Derek Lowe's Chemistry Blog)
Replies: 60
Views: 51465

Re: "Things I Won't Work With" (Derek Lowe's Chemistry Blog)

His "How Not to Do It" section is also worth a look:

How Not to Do It: Chromium Trioxide
by Alexius
Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 132046

Re: Obscure Language Game

Derek wrote:Are those all the same language, or three different languages?

Sorry, they're three different languages.
by Alexius
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 132046

Obscure Language Game

So, I've been playing this game on another forum, and I thought I might give it a try here. Basically, you post some text in an obscure language or dialect and people try to guess which language it is. Please don't cheat by Googling... There are no hard-and-fast rules- you don't have to make a succe...
by Alexius
Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill to make Rape/Incest Abortions "Destruction of Evidence"
Replies: 102
Views: 12924

Re: Bill to make Rape/Incest Abortions "Destruction of Evide

Hang on, doesn't the bill refer not to "rape" but to "criminal sexual penetration"? While that is a crime that women can commit (probably, I don't know the exact definition of it under NM law), they can't get pregnant from doing so... (It also refers to incest, but that's a whole...
by Alexius
Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 4991

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

The point is, don't knock a female's different physical requirements. There are reasons for it. Yes, but female soldiers have to handle the same equipment as male ones. So allowances shouldn't be made in any requirements that involve the ability to lift and carry things (which test the ability to h...
by Alexius
Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 4991

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

Banning women from participating in anything, not just military, because of some speculation on their abilities just isn't good sense. If women aren't able to meet the standards, then let them actually try first and then judge. If it turns out women aren't actually able to, well, then they don't pa...
by Alexius
Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spacky Woonerisms
Replies: 41
Views: 16898

Re: Spacky Woonerisms

The best Spooner Spoonerism is of course:

"You have deliberately tasted two worms. You hissed my mystery lectures, and were seen fighting a liar in the quad. You will leave Oxford by the town drain."
by Alexius
Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...
Replies: 40
Views: 8615

Re: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...

The situation with Muslim marriages in Britain is already IIRC tricky- not all mosques are registered to conduct marriages (I believe it's only 1 in 10). If the mosque's not registered, then there has to be a separate civil ceremony for the marriage to be legally valid.
by Alexius
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Red Bull Stratos is live and underway.
Replies: 48
Views: 5536

Re: Red Bull Stratos is live and underway.

. Noone had exceeded the speed of sound before without the benefit of an aircraft around them and lived to tell the tale. People have survived ejecting from aircraft at supersonic speeds- the first was George Smith, from an F-100A Super Sabre in 1955, though he was seriously injured. There was also...
by Alexius
Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Driver who killed girl in accident gets 15 years to life
Replies: 151
Views: 20012

Re: Driver who killed girl in accident gets 15 years to life

Regarding the eggshell skull rule, it doesn't apply in all cases. IANAL but if I jostle someone on the Tube and they die because of it, then I imagine I'm not guilty of killing them. The same is true even if I'm on the Tube without a ticket (thus breaking the law). Similarly, if someone jumps off a ...
by Alexius
Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jersey toys with independence
Replies: 33
Views: 6574

Re: Jersey toys with independence

Seems fairly straightforward. If they want independence then they should have it, regardless of wether it is in their best interest My question is what gives them the right to secede? The US had a Civil War over that issue. If they have the right to secede, why doesn't anyone else? Why can't I decl...
by Alexius
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232200

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

As far as I'm concerned, a Bunsen burner is something that belongs in a schoolkids' laboratory, and maybe in a microbiologist's laboratory, but it has absolutely no place in a serious organic lab. It's too dangerous to have an ignition source like that, and there's nothing you really would need it ...
by Alexius
Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Systems of propulsion on motorways
Replies: 36
Views: 4135

Re: Systems of propulsion on motorways

There is also this freakish contraption which I suppose might be altered to have a ramp up the back you drive your car onto, like a sort of land ferry. (On a side note, I think driving under one of those while it was moving would freak me the hell out . Might result in a lot of 'confused instincts'...
by Alexius
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 8040

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

On topic: So is there really a safety reason we have to have our tables and chairs in the upright position? As said above, it's so people can get out easily if there is an incident on landing. Also, the reason why you raise the window shades is so the crew can see where the acft is burning if the l...
by Alexius
Tue May 10, 2011 10:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK
Replies: 97
Views: 9809

Re: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK

Well, imagine those need-blind admissions processes refused two candidates, and one of those was later admitted by paying more than the other was able to. How need-blind would that be? "I'm sorry, son, but we're full up, otherwise we'd have taken you." "But why are you letting that g...
by Alexius
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70142

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

I'd be Tom Lonsdale (by this rule, I won't give the UK one as it involves mother's maiden name). It's also not giving away any valuable information- I don't use Tom as the answer to any security questions, and we moved away from that street quite a while ago.
by Alexius
Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 12430

Re: Media that mixes two or more languages?

There are plenty of bands outside Japan who mix languages. The first one I thought of was Rammstein- Amerika and Pussy are in a mixture of German and English, while Moskau is in a mixture of German and Russian. Some of Ensiferum's songs (Lai Lai Hei is the first one I can think of) are in a mixture ...
by Alexius
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 27303

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

Question, in the US, auto insurance is mandated if you own/drive a car, is this not the case in the UK? EDIT: Actually, this might only be some states in the US, I don't recall now *ponders*. Sort of, mostly. You are required to have third-party insurance to drive a car on public roads, unless you ...
by Alexius
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are cars and engines made by the same companies?
Replies: 27
Views: 3124

Re: Why are cars and engines made by the same companies?

There are plenty of more specialised car companies that simply buy engines from other companies, like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Motor_Company On the other hand, Morgan buy their engines from Ford and BMW, both of whom also make their own cars with those engines. There have been a few comp...
by Alexius
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 400522

Re: Team Fortress 2

I was playing last night on the No Talent TF2 server. My displayed name has an [xkcd] tag. Poeple kept asking me if I worked for the comic...
by Alexius
Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cambridge NatSci Interview
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: Cambridge NatSci Interview

I liked Downing, and it had specially equipped rooms for deaf people, so I applied there. Emmanuel was very nice, but IIRC they didn't have any rooms for deaf people. A shame though, as I liked Emmanuel a lot. Just out of curiosity, please ignore/correct me if this is rude: What does a specially-eq...
by Alexius
Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:57 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cambridge NatSci Interview
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: Cambridge NatSci Interview

Btw Alexius and Mungo0, how did you go about choosing college? I had some ideas just from reading the prospectus. I wanted to go to an old college, not a huge one (Trinity or John's), not a tiny one (Corpus or Peterhouse) and not a huge tourist attraction (King's). I also wanted a college where you...
by Alexius
Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cambridge NatSci Interview
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: Cambridge NatSci Interview

Third-year NatSci at Emmanuel College here: I was asked nothing about my personal statement in my interview. I was applying for slightly different NatSci options from you, so one of my two interviews would have been completely different, but I'll tell you a bit about the other one: This was the &quo...
by Alexius
Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Exercises in greek
Replies: 5
Views: 1191

Re: Exercises in greek

I'd actually do better with Greek script, but I'll give this a shot, without consulting the Standard Modern Greek: A Descriptive Analysis I happen to have handy, but I'll give this a shot for your amusement. [Mia (1st s., possessive pronoun agreeing with case, #, gender of the next two words, I pre...
by Alexius
Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male field hockey player.
Replies: 120
Views: 9835

Re: Male field hockey player.

Just to add my anecdotes to the pile: The two sports I'm familiar with (at an inter-college level in Cambridge) where men and women have separate teams and there's a way to compare them are football (soccer) and rowing. In both cases, a decent men's college 3rd team will beat almost any women's coll...
by Alexius
Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which are different depending on the profession
Replies: 16
Views: 2876

Re: Words which are different depending on the profession

One interesting one is "bowline", which has two different meanings with different pronounciations within the field of sailing . A "bowline" with "bow" pronounced as the weapon that launches arrows, and the i in "line" pronounced as a schwa, is a knot that is u...
by Alexius
Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nationalities as nouns?
Replies: 5
Views: 3500

Re: Nationalities as nouns?

So there are some nationalities (such as Chinese) which, in modern polite English, can only be adjectives and are never nouns. I'm not quite sure about that - I can see "Chinese" being used as a plural noun. Take this article from Reuters: "The Taiwanese Central News Agency identifie...
by Alexius
Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nationalities as nouns?
Replies: 5
Views: 3500

Nationalities as nouns?

In English, nationalities are adjectives- e.g. "French". Some of those adjectives are never used as nouns to refer to a person of that nationality- you would never say that someone is "a French". In other cases, the use of the adjective as a noun is considered archaic and possibl...
by Alexius
Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Owner of Segway Dies Testing Off-road Version
Replies: 16
Views: 2666

Re: Owner of Segway Dies Testing Off-road Version

Note: it was the current owner of the company, not the inventor, who died. He was still an inventor, just not of the Segway. After being laid off from his job as a miner in the 80s he invented the HESCO Bastion, which is a huge improvement on sandbags for fortifications and currently in use in Afgh...
by Alexius
Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Calorific value of the typical person
Replies: 21
Views: 4532

Re: Calorific value of the typical person

(Surely cannibal tribes must know whether it's possible to cook a human by burning another human....) It's certainly possible. For example, in Egypt mummified bodies were common enough that they were used as fuel for fires. There are even apocryphical accounts that they were used as fuel for boiler...
by Alexius
Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jones Act Delaying Gulf Cleanup
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Jones Act Delaying Gulf Cleanup

It says only the charterer has to be of US origin, if they're working to clean up a spill there, then surely they're chartered by the Us Government, who are all (I should hope) American citizens. No, there's an "and" in there: (1) the vessel has to be US-owned AND (2) IF it is chartered r...
by Alexius
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jones Act Delaying Gulf Cleanup
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Jones Act Delaying Gulf Cleanup

The Jones Act does have a specific provision banning foreign ships from dredging in US waters: (a) In General.— Except as provided in subsection (b), a vessel may engage in dredging in the navigable waters of the United States only if— (1) the vessel is wholly owned by citizens of the United States ...
by Alexius
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should Cops Have Guns?
Replies: 91
Views: 9339

Re: Should Cops Have Guns?

No one should have guns for any reason, ever. They should be illegal to posses, illegal to manufacture, and illegal to engineer. I assume you've never heard of I assume you've never heard of idealism, the philosophy that we should aspire to the situation we would like to see for the world? My conce...
by Alexius
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should Cops Have Guns?
Replies: 91
Views: 9339

Re: Should Cops Have Guns?

No one should have guns for any reason, ever. They should be illegal to posses, illegal to manufacture, and illegal to engineer. I assume you've never heard of hunting, pest control or target shooting, or believe that everyone who takes part in those activities should be prevented by law from doing...
by Alexius
Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Recording police officers now a felony in several states
Replies: 74
Views: 7693

Re: Recording police officers now a felony in several states

My point is, they're both effectively the same thing: Recording someone's actions while made in public. One case is police recording citizens movements in their cars, the other is citizens recording police behavior with by video. It's very dangerous argue that one should be legal and the other not,...
by Alexius
Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Recording police officers now a felony in several states
Replies: 74
Views: 7693

Re: Recording police officers now a felony in several states

This fits amazing well with something I read yesterday: The Eighth Circuit upheld GPS tracking of vehicles without a warrant as legal under the fourth ammendment. That actually seems to have some sort of logic behind it- vehicles are driven on public roads which are, by definition, in public. As fa...
by Alexius
Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What have you broken in the lab?
Replies: 48
Views: 7328

Re: What have you broken in the lab?

While I believe I myself have managed to avoid breaking anything too expensive so far, I did witness the unfortunate demise of a rather delicate piece of equipment this semester. The device was used to measure the melting point of crystalline substances, by putting a small sample of the substance i...
by Alexius
Sat May 22, 2010 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry- Radioactive elements
Replies: 21
Views: 2471

Re: Chemistry- Radioactive elements

Well according to my periodic table, the elements from 93 and above are synthetic; Technetium, Francium, Radium, Actinium and Promethium are also synthetic but below 93. Radioactive != synthetic. On the other hand, all synthetic elements synthesised so far are radioactive- if they weren't, they wou...
by Alexius
Sat May 08, 2010 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What determines the lifespan of an organism?
Replies: 32
Views: 3202

Re: What determines the lifespan of an organism?

Re telomere lengthening, I have heard that we actually don't live long enough yet for telomeres to be an issue, and that they'd only run out after about 140 years.

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