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by shill
Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical reality of string theory demonstrated
Replies: 14
Views: 1854

Re: Physical reality of string theory demonstrated

Woofsie wrote:Man, up until now I've pretty much dismissed string theory because of the lack of evidence. I may have to give it more credit..

What, you like your space loopy?
by shill
Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 282
Views: 63917

Re: "Dangers" discussion

Folks, if twittering = blogging, then we have another tragic blogging accident on our hands.
http://www.austriantimes.at/index.php?id=14023
by shill
Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0467: "X Girls Y Cups"
Replies: 217
Views: 60319

Re: X Girls Y Cups Discussion

The thing that really disturbs me about 2g1c is that it's just a 60-second trailer for a 60-minute movie.
by shill
Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 282
Views: 63917

Re: "Dangers" discussion

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by shill
Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0367: "Fandom"
Replies: 158
Views: 24183

Re: "Fandom" Discussion

I'm surprised Kucinich hasn't been mentioned in this thread yet.
by shill
Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Insecure vs Unsecure
Replies: 12
Views: 20802

Re: Insecure vs Unsecure

According to Dictionary.com Unabridged (Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.), unsecure d is a valid word for "not secured ... by a bond or pledge", "not made secure, as a door or lock of hair", and "not protected against tapping or int...
by shill
Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pronunciation of "your" versus "you're"
Replies: 13
Views: 4985

Re: Pronunciation of "your" versus "you're"

I have come to the sad realization that I usually pronounce both as "yer" (when they're unstressed, but I can't really think of a situation in which they're stressed. I think only the word "yours" is ever stressed). I live in Toronto, Canada.
by shill
Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Crazy big bang idea
Replies: 8
Views: 1634

Re: Crazy big bang idea

Also, all Electromagnetic waves travel at the speed of light (in a vacuum) regardless of it's frequency, and regardless of your own velocity relative to it. When in a different medium, the photons travel at c between the molecules, but are held up when interacting with the material itself, giving i...
by shill
Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying pi to get whole numbers
Replies: 41
Views: 12809

Re: Multiplying pi to get whole numbers

394372834342725903069943709807632345074473102456264 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 125532772013612015195543173729505082616186012726141 Gives Pi correct to 102 decimals :D. This one should be correct to 103 decimals: 314159265358979323846264338327950288419716...
by shill
Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying pi to get whole numbers
Replies: 41
Views: 12809

Re: Multiplying pi to get whole numbers

Well, it's 3.1415926537820450867899525622498..., so it's good to, what, 8 digits?
by shill
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: objective and posessive pronouns oddity
Replies: 1
Views: 1472

objective and posessive pronouns oddity

Can anyone explain the etymology of the following oddity in English pronouns?

I gave him/her the phone.
It's his/her phone.
The phone is his/hers.
by shill
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How would you pronounce "Sub-Mariner"?
Replies: 42
Views: 14021

Re: How would you pronounce "Sub-Mariner"?

sub-mehr-in-uhr.
by shill
Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Question about "et cetera"
Replies: 36
Views: 4855

Re: Question about "et cetera"

But yeah, even when it's used to write out Australian or Canadian speech patterns, I can't help but read "eh" as the short 'e' sound. Like I intend it to be read when I write something like "meh". I pronounce "eh" as /ɛ/ only in the word "meh"; everywere else...
by shill
Sat Oct 20, 2007 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Train Problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1823

Re: Train Problem

Let's say train 1 is going east; at the start, is it the easternmost point of train 1 that's at point A, or the westernmost (or the centre)? Also, from where are we measuring how far along the tunnel is?
by shill
Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?
Replies: 19
Views: 2921

Re: Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?

I don't think you could call that a mouse. A mouse has an internal motion sensing device of some sort and sends out an electrical signal corresponding to the direction in which it is moving. If I remember correctly, a tablet works because the pen is an inductor (basically a coil of wire) that alter...
by shill
Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Lol, guy owns himself in math
Replies: 18
Views: 6692

Re: Re:

I refuse to believe that there is someone out there who has never seen Euler's identity. My sanity will not allow it. Guess what! Most people have never seen Euler's Identity. NOOOOOOOOOO! You don't exist. This isn't real. AAAAAAAAAH! This is a just a dream. When I wake up, everybody will have hear...
by shill
Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math and Baseball
Replies: 13
Views: 1860

Re: Math and Baseball

Last night in the Indians game, they flashed a stat saying that Cleveland was 0/18 with RISP and >2 outs. The guy then smacks a single and scores two or something like that. And darned if it didn't make Indian fans feel a little smug knowing that it was 0/18 before he did it. I'd be kind of impress...
by shill
Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Lol, guy owns himself in math
Replies: 18
Views: 6692

Re: Re:

WTF made him think it said 2pi? Sometimes I hate the internet. The superscript i looks a lot like a two to me, but not so much that I would have thought it was one. Yeah, but to someone who wouldn't know what the hell an 'i' would be doing in an equation like that could think it was a '2'. I refuse...
by shill
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: (-1)^pi
Replies: 25
Views: 3064

Re: (-1)^pi

Does anyone know if the superscript and subscript tags can be nested? I wasn't having much luck. I'll ask this question in response to the announcement of the sup and sub tags that I saw earlier. You can't nest a sup within a sup or a sub within a sub, but you can nest a sup within a sub and a sub ...
by shill
Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 59355

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

I love Top-Hat Guy (or Half-Rest Guy, as I like to call him). He's like XKCD's Tyler Durden.
by shill
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inflammable means flammable?
Replies: 72
Views: 16081

Re: Inflammable means flammable?

As far as I'm concerned, complaints about "inflammable" vs. "flammable" are almost as bad as "myriad of" vs. "myriad"(adjectival modifier). It really doesn't matter, it's easy to understand, and "flammable" makes sense by its roots, anyway. I do hav...
by shill
Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?
Replies: 19
Views: 2921

Re: Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?

An interesting variation would be a semiconductor "sheet" that you could glue to the surface of a desk and it would transmit wireless power over a short range to any wireless device placed on the table. To maximize efficiency sensors would determine exactly where the device's receiver is ...
by shill
Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integral of (tan x)^0.5?
Replies: 20
Views: 12460

Re: Integral of (tan x)^0.5?

Torn Apart By Dingos wrote:Don't use numerical values!

I checked on the integrator as well, and I got an elementary expression, although a horribly ugly one (Tan[x]^(1/2) at http://integrals.wolfram.com/index.jsp ).

Ah, quite right you are.
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by shill
Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integral of (tan x)^0.5?
Replies: 20
Views: 12460

Re: Integral of (tan x)^0.5?

Try integration by parts, but use the functions: g'(x) = 1 f(x) = (tan(x)) 1/2 EDIT: Just checked on Wolfram Integrator. You're probably not going to get the right answer: http://integrals.wolfram.com/Integrator/MSP?MSPStoreID=MSPStore664510543_0&MSPStoreType Where the function within the answe...
by shill
Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Boy am I glad we don't get people from this forum here.
Replies: 53
Views: 7289

Re: Boy am I glad we don't get people from this forum here.

I think one of the things that the people who argue against 0.999...=1 don't get is that the real number system is a human construction. The real numbers are defined in a certain way, and as a consequence of that definition, 0.999...=1. Also, a lot of students don't even understand what a mathematic...
by shill
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7054

Re: Does SAE need a second person plural?

I use "guys" or "you guys". It's completely gender-neutral where I live.
by shill
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Passive voice
Replies: 42
Views: 8624

Re: Passive voice

Don't you mean, "it is rather liked by me"? :D
by shill
Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
Replies: 74
Views: 9303

All of Ramanujan's, really.
by shill
Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stupid, stupid question
Replies: 10
Views: 1907

I've never understood how it would be possible to take the chain rule "too far". I mean, don't you just end up multiplying by 1?
by shill
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wavelengths vs. Frequency
Replies: 46
Views: 7742

Q. What characteristic of sound determines what note (pitch) we humans hear? A. Simple answer... Wavelength and/or frequency. Both are correct. What? How can both be correct? The speed of sound is not constant. The note A4 will always have a frequency of 440 Hz, but its wavelength could be 0.77 m i...
by shill
Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wavelengths vs. Frequency
Replies: 46
Views: 7742

sheltrk wrote:Which is more important in determining whether I can hang from the ceiling fan in my living room?
My weight: 170 lbs, OR
My body's mass: 77.1 kg?

Okay, that's a pet peeve of mine. The international avoirdupois pound is a unit of mass, exactly equal to 453.59237 grams.
by shill
Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Difficult inequalities
Replies: 4
Views: 1360

What base is your "log"?
by shill
Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nucular
Replies: 106
Views: 11361

arbivark wrote:
HYPERiON wrote:Aluminum. The word is "aluminium"
Also: asterix.


Dialect variations. Aluminium is British.

Of course, there are rabid prescriptivists who say that British is the only valid dialect. I'm hoping that HYPERiON isn't one of those.
by shill
Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nucular
Replies: 106
Views: 11361

HYPERiON wrote:Aluminum. The word is "aluminium"
Also: asterix.

That first one had better be a joke.
by shill
Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistic strangeness
Replies: 119
Views: 23013

Nova ("no va") translates to "it doesn't go" in spanish. Wonder why Chevy had trouble selling those in Mexico?? Saying that Spanish speakers can't tell the difference between nova and no va is like saying that English speakers can't tell the difference between cargo and car go (...
by shill
Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Names of Nations
Replies: 101
Views: 12867

Trouble is there's no other short way of saying "American" when referring to someone from USA. "Yank" is more slang, and there are those who insist that it only refers to north-easterners anyway. United Statesean? USAish? EDIT: Too slow... :P I'm quite fond of " leftpondian...
by shill
Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43008

Computer science vs. software engineering?

I'm 99% sure I've seen this topic here before but I honestly couldn't find it. Should I take computer science or software engineering?
by shill
Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: i.e. and e.g.
Replies: 9
Views: 3586

Re: i.e. and e.g.

Master Gunner wrote:I know I could look it up on Google or Wikipedia, but this sub-fora needs more topics.

No, this sub-forum (you'd better have done that on purpose) needs more interesting topics that have some room for discussion.
by shill
Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Where Mathematics and Grammar meet
Replies: 70
Views: 19107

Isn't the sentence properly "The balloon is rising at a rate of 140 feet per minute" ? Or is the "a rate of" completely unneccessary? Well, rate refers generally to "a certain quantity or amount of one thing considered in relation to a unit of another thing and used as a st...
by shill
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics question; photons
Replies: 28
Views: 3750

HYPERiON wrote:Do photons have momentum? If p=mv then having no mass would give 0 momentum, right?

If that equation applied to photons, then v=p/m which would equal 0/0, and dividing by zero is very, very bad.

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