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by firechicago
Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: DFTM: Spring 02 (Replacement England wanted)
Replies: 137
Views: 17220

Re: Diplomacy For The Masses

Ooh, it's been forever since I've had a good Diplomacy game!

Not sure if you're full up, but I'd love to play. My country preference is France.

If not, I'd still be interested in observing.
by firechicago
Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11422

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

To be fair, I didn't say the whole rant was typical evangelical fare; I said it started as typical evangelical fare. If no one in your church would ever say any of the things in the first paragraph I quoted, I'm not so sure your church is as evangelical as you think it is. :wink: Evangelical is not...
by firechicago
Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11422

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

The random antivax at the end throws me a little... usually antivax/chemophobia/etc are more associated with extremists on the left - this sort of nature-worship being what you get when you take environmentalism to extremes... As opposed to the right-wing extremism evident in the rest of the screed...
by firechicago
Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2625759

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

Well, if its part of their traditions to usurp the civilian control of the military, I guess they totally get a pass on this. Hey, I'm definitely not defending it. Throughout the Cold War, SAC had a blinkered arrogance that was truly terrifying in it's implications. It's not a coincidence that this...
by firechicago
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2625759

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

Yeah, but there should have been a political control on the process too. Its crazy that the military just said, unilaterally, in contravention of direct orders from their political masters "nah, we won't be doing that". But they didn't contravene any orders. They were told to install Perm...
by firechicago
Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 448728

Re: Questions For The World

@SurgicalSteel: You're seriously going to use frozen grocery store brands as your examples? *shudder* That's like trying to explain beer by talking about Budweiser vs. PBR. Pizza may have originated in Italy, but it was America that developed it into the delicacy that we eat today. There are a milli...
by firechicago
Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Not Much of an Apology, Methinks
Replies: 27
Views: 5790

Re: Not Much of an Apology, Methinks

And you think two men can exert more force than a strong wind, or a hurricane? If two men can push something over, that something wasn't going to last long anyway, exposed to the elements. Also, if American kids are in any way like Dutch kids, they love to climb on, or fool around with, stones like...
by firechicago
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 170758

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

Are you unable to see that the abscissa of S = the abscissa of S' at both t = 0 and t > 0? There is no such thing as "the abscissa of S" or "the abscissa of S' ". There is only the abscissa in S of a given point. And if a coordinate system moves then the abscissa of a given poin...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2625759

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

http://www.cato.org/blog/court-anxiety-about-getting-fired-can-be-ada-disability So do poorly at work, get stressed about losing your job, so then when you do lose your job, you can sue for wrongful termination due to the stress? The court hasn't ruled in her favor, it's just ruled that her case is...
by firechicago
Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you live?
Replies: 42
Views: 26069

Re: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you liv

Fallout shelters are sort of a different beast, since they're not supposed to protect you from the prompt effects of a nuclear weapon (blast, heat and prompt radiation). Fallout shelters protect you from the fallout, that is, the radiation from all the radioactive products of the nuclear reaction. T...
by firechicago
Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2625759

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

In fairness, it's not just the gerrymandering (though the gerrymandering certainly makes it worse). It's also the fact that lots of Democrats live in large cities that are overwhelmingly Democratic, while the core of Republican support tends to be in the suburbs, which are less monolithically Republ...
by firechicago
Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 448728

Re: Questions For The World

Yeah, Americans don't really go in for that puny skewer stuff. We most just put whole sides of a cow or pig onto a grill:

Spoiler:
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by firechicago
Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 170758

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

All that I am suggesting is that the equation x' = x - D references 1 the x coordinate, and NOT the x axis. 2 the x' coordinate, and NOT the x' axis. I suggest that allowing x' = x - D, or as the Galilean x' = x - vt, indeed sets equally numbered x coordinates and x' coordinates to a mathematical i...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 170758

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

So we're dealing with two separate cases, one in which there are two coincident coordinate systems and one in which there are two non-coincident coordinate systems? If that's the case, we've proved that x=x' in case 1. But that proof relied upon the definition of coincidence. We can't generalize tha...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 170758

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

Wait, so the systems were coincident but now they're not? How did that happen? I thought we had defined them as being coincident. I don't see anything like that in the definitions we've laid out.
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?
Replies: 104
Views: 14306

Re: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?

According to this , the total US tax revenue was 4.7T in 2010. The GDP in 2010 was about 14.6T. Taxes were 32%. According to the OECD, they were 25%. That site is using "guesstimated" (their term) state and local numbers based on a basline that is mostly pre-crash. Given that states and e...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?
Replies: 104
Views: 14306

Re: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?

Is that Federal or both Federal and State? County is incredibly important as well, or else you are ignoring a huge chunk of taxes. All taxes. (The economists at the OECD aren't idiots, they're perfectly capable of realizing that different countries have different tax structures divided up different...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 170758

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

We certainly agree that if we have two coordinate systems, S(x,y,z) and S'(x',y',z') that map to points in the same manifold, and if we define these coordinate systems as being coincident, then the coordinates x=x', y=y', z=z', for any given point in the manifold. This is the definition of coinciden...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?
Replies: 104
Views: 14306

Re: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?

Another place all the money goes: taxes. The US has some of the highest aggregate tax rates in the world. Citation needed, otherwise I'm calling a big fat BULLSHIT. According to the OECD, as a percentage of GDP, the US had the third lowest tax rates among the 34 member states, with only Mexico and ...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 170758

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

It's not at all clear what you mean by "the x distance from its origin" and "the x' distance from its origin." How are you defining x and x'? How are you defining their origins? The distance from the origin to what? Are they the distance to the same point or to different points? ...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?
Replies: 104
Views: 14306

Re: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?

Роберт wrote:
firechicago wrote: Patents and the high cost of medical research create natural monopolies on various drugs

:lol:

"Natural monopoly" is an economic term of art. But yes, I appreciate the irony of a natural monopoly created by unnatural means.
by firechicago
Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?
Replies: 104
Views: 14306

Re: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?

I just want to know where the money is going. The doctors have been getting less and less every year. So who is making all the money? One of the places it goes is definitely to doctors. Do you have a cite for doctors making less each year? That's definitely the opposite of all the data that I've se...
by firechicago
Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7550

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

This data would seem to turn that on it's head, as the assumptions don't play out. All these men admitted to having sex with people they knew didn't want it, and there were a great deal of repeat offenses. Rapes aren't due to misunderstandngs of informed consent, they're the actions of a small numb...
by firechicago
Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2625759

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

Modern Europeans all descend from a group of people from the Caucus mountains. Thus, Caucasian. No, not really. I mean, a couple racist scientists from the late 18th century thought so, mostly on the basis of "people from the Caucasus have really pleasingly shaped skulls, therefore this must b...
by firechicago
Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2625759

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

Oops, I totally misread that.
by firechicago
Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2625759

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

So she's an American women born in America, living in America, who just happens to not have the same skin colour as native Americans - like every other beauty pageant before her. Am I missing something? Wrong type of Indian, she's descended from people from the Sub-Continent, not the indigenous peo...
by firechicago
Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 402073

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Loaded is just ridiculous - (up to) 6 extra cards drawn each turn for a one-off payment of 4 mana. Perhaps if it affected every player it would be more balanced. I don't think the Loaded effect is excessively overpowered, although it certianly is very powerful. First, you're miscounting the number ...
by firechicago
Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Quiz night questions that can't be googled on a smart-phone
Replies: 29
Views: 29802

Re: Quiz night questions that can't be googled on a smart-ph

Picture questions are good. A pub quiz I went to recently had a round where they handed out a sheet with pictures of ten or fifteen politicians and made each team try to name them all. Obviously this could be done for just about any group of people or things (musicians, famous buildings, dog breeds,...
by firechicago
Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 709736

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

The light doesn't actually decelerate, it's just that its interactions with the medium it's travelling through make it appear that way. This is one of those cases where that whole particle/wave duality thing makes it hard to come up with a single description that works with our intuition, so I'll gi...
by firechicago
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'
Replies: 43
Views: 7342

Re: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'

I really can't help myself, I keep finding howlers when I do the math on this budget. So let's look at the tubes, which they budget $1.2 billion dollars for in the vehicle-transport version of the hyperloop, presumably including both fabrication and installation. For simplicity of calculation let's ...
by firechicago
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'
Replies: 43
Views: 7342

Re: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'

$60 billion is still cheaper than the estimate of the rail system. Assuming the final cost is $60 billion and not $600 billion. From what Musk's provided, all we can be confident of is that the number will be much bigger than what he claims. If the thing is ever able to operate safely and successfu...
by firechicago
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'
Replies: 43
Views: 7342

Re: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'

The big selling point, beyond the fact that the idea is just a cool piece of technology, seems to be the argument that the hyperloop could be built for a budget of $8 billion, compared to estimates of $68-$80 billion for the planned high speed train. Too bad that the hyperloop budget looks like some...
by firechicago
Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: how old is this book?
Replies: 5
Views: 5744

Re: how old is this book?

The quote is Augustine, from the 33rd tract on the gospel of John: "Ex utroque igitur homines periclitantur, et sperando et desperando, contrariis rebus, contrariis affectionibus." The best translation I can come up with (with a little help from google) is something like "Thus men are...
by firechicago
Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: why are uranium centrifuge cascades run in parallel?
Replies: 14
Views: 6082

Re: why are uranium centrifuge cascades run in parallel?

That 6kg critical mass number is dependent on temperature, pressure and enrichment, and given how low that number is, (several times lower than the number for a sphere of pure uranium-235 metal!) I'm assuming the level of all three must be very very high. In the abstract you linked it mentioned temp...
by firechicago
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown
Replies: 456
Views: 139834

Re: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown

But panic is exclusive to the human side. Are you sure this is true? I'm pretty sure I've panicked aliens by slaughtering a few of their buddies. It may be the case that on classic and impossible the stat boosts to the aliens are such that they rarely or never panic, but I'm pretty certain the mech...
by firechicago
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: why are uranium centrifuge cascades run in parallel?
Replies: 14
Views: 6082

Re: why are uranium centrifuge cascades run in parallel?

I am not a centrifuge engineer, but I have worked with one or two, and I think I can suggest a couple possible reasons: The first is that number and arrangement of centrifuges is not the only thing keeping a cascade from reaching its ideal efficiency. Operating at ideal efficiency also requires extr...
by firechicago
Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1717136

Re: Today I Learned

I read that it has more in common with the shirt on your back than the paper on the table in front of you. In terms of material yes, but in terms of the process used to make it, it's much more like paper. But this is also where the definitions get messy, because it's easy to come up with a process ...
by firechicago
Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1717136

Re: Today I Learned

Useless information dump: If you take a particularly restrictive definition, the material that US bills are printed on is technically a sort of felt, rather than proper paper, since it's made from a blend of cotton and linen fibers, not wood pulp.
by firechicago
Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crusader Kings 2
Replies: 119
Views: 104163

Re: Crusader Kings 2

This is true for any claim. You either need to land them or be the de jure liege of the title in question. (If you pressed a courtier's claim for Poitou, that should make them your vassal afterwards, even without landing them first.) You can bypass both if they're a member of your dynasty. (This is...
by firechicago
Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 170758

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

Steve, could you please explain what you think is meant by "Cartesian Product" and how that relates to Cartesian coordinates? Because I see half a dozen places where the links you've supplied contradict your assertion that you can have a Cartesian coordinate system without points, but I do...

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