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by pogrmman
Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the Hyperloop remotely possible?
Replies: 62
Views: 9525

Re: Is the Hyperloop remotely possible?

Couldn't find a thread about this yet. The Hyperloop proposal that I've heard seems spectacularly implausible from my perspective. I'm wondering what you guys think. Although there are a lot of barriers, the biggest one is probably that the entire loop is vulnerable to a single point of failure. A ...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Red Cross Skims Off 25% of Donations
Replies: 24
Views: 6754

Re: Red Cross Skims Off 25% of Donations

At least here, the local blood bank -- which is its own organization -- does drives.
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Chile Domestication Experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

Re: My Chile Domestication Experiment

Yep. It is selective breeding I'm planning to do.

By "genetic engineering" I'm referring to techniques like CRISPR and Agrobacterium - transferred genes. Not to selective breeding.
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 16731

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Yes, I'm suggesting an upper limit, although I'd pick 64 cups/day as the high-water mark (so to speak). 64 cups a day seems excessive unless you are in the desert or working hard -- that's 15 L per day! I think 10 L a day is a more reasonable upper limit -- or 42 cups. For a lower limit, I'd probab...
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

I think the situation in those countries is sort of the inverse of what Erdogan is doing now. If you go back a decade or even just a week Turkey had free press, independent judiciary, an army that obeyed the elected President but weren't his cronies, an education system that allowed the expression ...
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Chile Domestication Experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

Re: My Chile Domestication Experiment

Oh, wow, that's really interesting! How many generations do you expect to go through? Thanks. I'm not sure how many generations I'll go through -- it'll probably be quite a few though. From what I've read, hybrids are typically rendered stable in chiles after around 7-12 generations of inbreeding. ...
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Chile Domestication Experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

Re: My Chile Domestication Experiment

Oh, wow, that's really interesting! How many generations do you expect to go through? Thanks. I'm not sure how many generations I'll go through -- it'll probably be quite a few though. From what I've read, hybrids are typically rendered stable in chiles after around 7-12 generations of inbreeding. ...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 688206

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Have been feeling the need to scratch the DF itch a bit lately. Does the new version have an LNP out yet (or any similar pack / replacement)? When did you last play? -- It's changed a lot from 0.34.11 (which was the most recent version until 2014) and a fair amount from 0.40.24 (which was the most ...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 26404

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

If one believes answers.com, a firefly runs 20 grams. Clearly the total firefly mass makes the mole of moles look like a dust spec by comparison. 20 grams? No way is any firefly that heavy! 20mg is much closer. I think Atta queens, which are one of the largest insects around here are around 25g (sc...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry question: equation products given reagents
Replies: 3
Views: 2083

Re: Chemistry question: equation products given reagents

I can balance equations but only if I already know both sides. Trying to find the following products: It's been a while since I have done chemistry at such exam/test-level, but I presume you're expected that in... Na2S2O5 + O2 = ? ...you're supposed to assume full combustion. Thus (correcting some ...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Well,Erdogan has now partially suspended the European Convention on Human Rights, so it looks like he's completing the conversion to authoritarianism pretty smoothly...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 688206

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Well, DF now has 64-bit support, finally! Also, the recent updates have added a TON of new content, from multi-tile trees, to better personalities, to lots of bugfixes, to construction in adventure mode, to taverns and churches and libraries, worship needs, automatic work orders, and lots more. I re...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Chile Domestication Experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

My Chile Domestication Experiment

Hello everybody! I'm not exactly sure if this is the right forum for this, but I'm going to use this to record a little experiment I've just begun. Around me, there are lots of wild chile plants ( Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum ). http://i.imgur.com/huLeOHU.jpg http://i.imgur.com/kkgAXwG.jpg The...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

I read somewhere that 36% of the judges were removed, meaning there are probably around 7000 total judges (before the purge). You are definitely right, having the opposition agree with AKP is probably very smart of them. It does make you wonder how much real political opposition is possible at this ...
by pogrmman
Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Now, over 6000 people have been detained in Turkey, according to BBC. This apparently includes people high up in the military, high ranking judges, and more. They expect more people to be arrested, and may even re-implement the death penalty for some.
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

They've already issued arrest warrants for many high ranking judges -- including members of Turkey's highest court. My guess is that you are right. Those opposing a less secular state will be detained, arrested, and the like.
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Mutex wrote:
pogrmman wrote:Look at how he's fired over 2700 judges now.


That set alarm bells ringing for me too. What can judges have to do with this?


He claims they have ties to Fetullah Gulen, who Erdogan blames for the coup. However, that is over 1/3 of all the judges in the country!
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

I dunno. I'm not prone to conspiracy theories myself, but this is awfully goddamn convenient for Erdogan. Yep, it seems like it. Look at how he's fired over 2700 judges now. A failed coup is a convenient excuse to continue to weaken the military and to further consolidation of power. Also, it's a g...
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 39119

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

I kind of wish the coup had been successful. The conspiracy theorist in me wants to say that Erdogan arranged the coup or at least knew about that it would happen as an attempt to give an excuse to consolidate his power. I highly doubt Fetullah Gulen is behind this like Erdogan says he is. From what...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1144113

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The nationalism Trump plays with is more dangerous to the country than you think. There's gonna be a whole generation of politicians who see that playing to our darker instincts really works. This is the biggest reason I don't want Trump to win. Nationalism is kind of the opposite of the values the...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 6788

Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

The only thing I've found that stops chiggers from itching if you are inland is a very hot shower. Unfortunately, the itch returns pretty fast. Prescription strength hydrocortisone works pretty well -- I've been prescribed it a few times when I had loads of chigger bites causing "sensitive area...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another French Terror Attack
Replies: 86
Views: 14643

Re: Another French Terror Attack

You can bomb Syria, if it makes you feel better. That's the thing, it shouldn't make you feel better. It's not really an attempt to fix the problem. It's just something that looks good -- hearing "an air strike took out a leader of ISIS" makes many people think that the problem is being s...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)
Replies: 70
Views: 17318

Re: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)

I'm not sure if this is the best way to pick people that make effective legislatures. The average person isn't going to be well informed enough to make a decision about the things a legislature makes laws about. Picking people for a legislature randomly will almost certainly result in better represe...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another French Terror Attack
Replies: 86
Views: 14643

Re: Another French Terror Attack

I should be sorry for being condescendingly nit picky and sarcastic. See terrorists? This is how you resolve differences and behave like civilized human beings. Well, in their mind, trying to resolve it like civilized people doesn't work. It looks like the death toll is 77, according to Univision. ...
by pogrmman
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1108980

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No matter what you think of the police, this certainly isn't the proper way to respond to it. Murdering people is never the solution to anything. I do agree that in many cases, police don't need guns. Also, I think more extensive police training is needed. Police officers should be setting good exam...
by pogrmman
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1644: "Stargazing"
Replies: 40
Views: 11475

Re: 1644: "Stargazing"

Alnilam isn't a main sequence star. It's spectral type is B01a, which means it's a supergiant, not on the main sequence. It's evolved off of the main sequence. Like most supergiants, it is also a variable star. Any quoted luminosity is going to be the mean, so the variability of Eta Carinae A and 68...
by pogrmman
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 6788

Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

The itch from chiggers is from your immune system is killing them. I find knowing that helps - plus enough hot water to exhaust your sensory neurons for a bit. No it's not. Contrary to popular belief, they don't bury themselves in your skin. The little hard part in the middle of the bite is a tube ...
by pogrmman
Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8668
Views: 1795882

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Copper Bezel wrote:Man, I'm never going to get the syntax for a dd command right on the first go.


Me neither. That's why
I always read the manpage first, so I don't

Code: Select all

dd if=/dev/null of=/dev/$SOMETHINGIMPORTANT
on accident...
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107233
Views: 50049872

Re: 1190: "Time"

I don't think I've ever seen a post this long on any forum.

Though, "Time" is also probably the most unique comic ever, so it makes sense.
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1644: "Stargazing"
Replies: 40
Views: 11475

Re: 1644: "Stargazing"

Wait a minute, I think that branch of the conversation tree is more interesting than all that. What actually is the brightest star in the sky? It's neither the Sun nor Sirius, probably; they just happen to be the ones that are brightest from Earth. But if you could make all else equal, which star r...
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2345969

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

That too. Haha.

I do normally wait to register though.
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2345969

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

You just reminded me how I found this place. I started reading xkcd like a week before what if was a thing. I saw the link to the forum, clicked it, and was like "that's cool". Fast forward until about a month ago. I remember there being a link to a forum, but can't find it, so I google it...
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2345969

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I seem to remember a link on the main xkcd page.

Maybe Randall messes with us by seeing if we have cookies from the forum, and if we do, he removes the link for us!
by pogrmman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2345969

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

It is Dwarf Fortress and Kerbal Space Program.

My telescope is just a 10" dobsonian, so not like either of those. I finished observing the Virgo Cluster Messier objects last night, so that's cool.

Now that I think of it, I have no idea how I found out about this place... It's kind of a mystery.
by pogrmman
Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2345969

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi. I'm an 18 (almost 19) year old guy from Austin. I'm going to go off to college next year. I enjoy observing the night sky (especially sketching the sky through my telescope!), gardening, rock climbing, backpacking, the outdoors, all the sciences (especially chemistry though), linguistics, histor...

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