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by Xial
Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to ship energy from Alpha Centauri
Replies: 39
Views: 3258

Re: How to ship energy from Alpha Centauri

There is in fact an equation which will tell you the amount of spread you will get do to diffraction. Spot diameter=1.22*wavelength*target distance/optics diameter If we plug in the the distance (5*10^16m) and a reasonable wavelength for hard x-rays/gamma rays (1*10^-11m) we find that the spot diame...
by Xial
Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling and vapour pressure
Replies: 4
Views: 1619

Re: Boiling and vapour pressure

Vapor pressure is the pressure of a vapor when it is at equilibrium with the same substance in solid or liquid state. Essentially, the rate at which vapor particles rejoin the solid and the rate at which solid particles become vapor is the same. Vapor pressure influences two things: 1) The rate at a...
by Xial
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sound: I don't understand him.
Replies: 27
Views: 2521

Re: Sound: I don't understand him.

1. There may be many individual waves coming together but your ear hears only one. This one is the composite wave formed by adding all the air vibrations together. At any one instant your ear is not picking up a wave amplitude but a pressure, this pressure can be found by adding the waves at that in...
by Xial
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Semen question
Replies: 29
Views: 3722

Re: Semen question

Only if you want to leave some serious evidence which will develop in a few months.
by Xial
Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 2d collision
Replies: 3
Views: 1020

Re: 2d collision

Basically you want to draw a line tangent to the collision point between the two circles. The circles will bounce off this surface with an angle just like they would a wall (angle of incidence equals angle of reflection). Then you break down the velocity of each circle into two vectors, one parallel...
by Xial
Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: N.E.O.O :: 1-in-75 chance of asteroid hitting Mars
Replies: 30
Views: 2776

Re: N.E.O.O :: 1-in-75 chance of asteroid hitting Mars

If this does piss the Martians off I suppose that we will just have to send Santa Claus back up there to conquer them again.

Also, what kind of telescope would you need to have to see the impact?
by Xial
Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 111
Views: 13011

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by Xial
Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Oldmeme
Replies: 96
Views: 10098

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by Xial
Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Oldmeme
Replies: 96
Views: 10098

^^WHAAATT YOU SAYYY?

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WTF mate?
by Xial
Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Oldmeme
Replies: 96
Views: 10098

NEDM
by Xial
Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Careers in Science
Replies: 30
Views: 4076

I am going to assume that engineering counts as a science major.
by Xial
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Immortality
Replies: 79
Views: 8565

I'm a functionalist. If something behaves like me in every observable way, it's me. An important addition to this is "for the same reasons as you". If a sentient computer can accurately simulate you and decides to claim that it is you (but secretly realizes that it is not you), the comput...
by Xial
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Immortality
Replies: 79
Views: 8565

How about instead of repairing or cloning these meat containers that we call bodies we simply hook our brain up to a mechanical body which we could simply scrape and replace if damaged? This seems so much simpler, easier to customize, and closer to happening. However, we would still have to have a g...
by Xial
Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Whitewashing Wikipedia
Replies: 31
Views: 4080

Although it seems that some of those edits were probably ordered by a company in an attempt to portray themselves in a better light, many of them were carried out by employees at work who had too much free time and wanted to blow off some political steam.
by Xial
Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Immortality
Replies: 79
Views: 8565

Even if all the technology for immortality isn't around for 1000 years, we could still have it. Lets say in the next 40 years there is a technology that will extend your life 50 years. That means you have another 50 years to wait around for the next life extending treatment. As long as you don't do ...
by Xial
Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 18080

I was not stating an opinion on this matter merely demonstrating the fact that the money argument for sports is not true. It is undeniable that sports teams do not make the school money overall.
by Xial
Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 18080

Sports teams make money for the school, through tickets, alumni donations, merchandise, and other methods. Sports teams raise school spirit, and attract more students (which generally means they can select from a wider pool, and thus get better students). The number of students at a school on athle...
by Xial
Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: wisdom teeth - its not that bad, or worse than you think.
Replies: 31
Views: 3484

I have enough room to keep ALL my wisdom teeth. Owned. /gloating
by Xial
Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what if... - on Pets.
Replies: 132
Views: 10209

I'd like a Chinchilla cause they take dust baths, a Wombat, and if these didn't please me I would feed them to my Wolverine.
by Xial
Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Man Law
Replies: 259
Views: 27535

72: Although some people may think it is simply easier to wash clothes, the proper man way is to have a complex system of involving levels of cleanliness (clean, has something on it, smells, wash immediately, throw away), different procedures (wash, hang outside, wear under other clothes) and differ...
by Xial
Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Man Law
Replies: 259
Views: 27535

Rule #(last one + 1): A man must know the differences between types of BBQ sauce. Although most people think of the east Texas variety when they think of BBQ sauce there are actually many other varieties with very different formulas.
by Xial
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd's: 10,000 reasons why mankind is doomed
Replies: 285
Views: 31827

#20 Hummers
by Xial
Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd's: 10,000 reasons why mankind is doomed
Replies: 285
Views: 31827

#16 People like George Bush are given control of an arsenal which can wipe out the world multiple times over.
by Xial
Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Tom Lehrer Appriciation Society
Replies: 20
Views: 3563

Also the Masochism Tango is a great way to creep people out.
by Xial
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Tom Lehrer Appriciation Society
Replies: 20
Views: 3563

Tom Lehrer is a genius. It is a shame he no longer writes songs. I was seriously considering going to UC Santa Cruz for college just so that I could have him as a professor.
by Xial
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Future Path
Replies: 38
Views: 5022

I think that in the next 20 years we will begin to see the real beginnings of transhumanism when we are able to connect our brain directly to electronic devices and can replace damaged/insufficient pieces of our bodies with artificial replacements. Already you can have replacement ears and eyes (nei...
by Xial
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 5885

Those people who are in charge of shooting the escaping psychos, wouldn't they in fact have to be on the marginal edge of society because they break one of the central tenants of not killing others? If so this would lead them to have to live in a separate area (New Zealand/ Polynesian islands?) with...
by Xial
Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Man Law
Replies: 259
Views: 27535

I suppose this is rule 69ish. While bathing there are only two acceptable temperatures: cryogenic cold and hot as hell.
by Xial
Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Levitation!
Replies: 12
Views: 2624

Anyone talking about geckos in this context is confusing the Casimir effect with the van der Waals force. The press release of the university itself does it too, though, so I don't know what's going on there. Pretty silly. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/news/Title,14834,en.html I think that the Van de...
by Xial
Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Barrel.
Replies: 309
Views: 47010

*BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM*
by Xial
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism
Replies: 781
Views: 103154

I think some of the confusion over Atheism vs Agnosticism may be because of the two flavors of Atheism. Strong atheists believe that they have proof that god cannot exist and so do not believe in a god. Weak atheists believe that since their is no evidence for god and no evidence against it you simp...
by Xial
Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loud Atheism
Replies: 459
Views: 40037

I was too lazy to read all 4.5 pages so I will just post this interesting fact. In a recent NY Times article they displayed the results of a survey which asked responders whether a certain quality/trait of a presidential candidate would positively, adversely, or neutrally affect their opinion of tha...
by Xial
Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 20341

Once again, solar and wind cannot retire coal plants at any degree of efficiency. Solar and wind produce unreliable power, not on-demand power. As such, they have little impact on the amount of reliable power capacity you have to install. They can provide renewable non-reliable power, which can red...
by Xial
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immortality and Cryonics
Replies: 46
Views: 6079

But if you're going to be living forever, what do you do when you've seen and done everything already? Do and see the things that came up when you were doing the other stuff, and keep on doing that forever? I think that would get boring eventually, I'd rather just live the life I have now and enjoy...
by Xial
Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1252541

In order to reflect the manliness of war I would suggest adding either bombs, bombers, or ballistic missiles to the title. (Yes I realize it already contains "ballistas", however it would be nice to have something that relates to modern warfare.)
by Xial
Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Man Law
Replies: 259
Views: 27535

gmalivuk wrote:Rule the Next: If you have never eaten a whole raw habanero pepper, you are not a man.


I've never had a habanero but I do snort capsaican. Does this mean I am a girleyman?
by Xial
Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: W
Replies: 36
Views: 3942

I think that he is either stupid or of average intelligence but that the people around him (Rove, Cheney, etc) are incredibly smart. They know how to use the president's weaknesses (i.e. stupidity) as a strength ("he's just a regular guy").
by Xial
Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1252541

All those vegetables are permitted, but no more than a combination of any two, and they must cover no more than 25% of the plate upon which the meat is served. They must not be allowed to touch the meat. They must be separated by a puddle of ketchup (ketchup is considered a vegetable, so if you hav...
by Xial
Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Get the Supersoaker - "Free Will"
Replies: 226
Views: 23171

Free will = Our own ability to make our own choices --> Ill-defined bullshit. (See teapot argument) I'll bite. What's the teapot argument? Way I see it, fate is nothing more than a way for people to shield themselves from the reality that there is no greater point to existence. No purpose to life, ...
by Xial
Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Man Law
Replies: 259
Views: 27535

61. Although most sports are manly, there are some sports which men should not play and other sports which are super manly. Sports of the first category include: professional ping-pong, figure skating, and ribbon twirling. Sports of the latter category include: Scuba diving (especially with sharks),...

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