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by morriswalters
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 26
Views: 1270

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

I DARE you to name 1 place that does not contribute to the global ecosystem in someway. It may not be obvious and the effects may not be immediate, but doing anything anywhere on this planet affects everything everywhere else. I'll state the obvious. The waste is already stored somewhere. Yucca Fla...
by morriswalters
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 18
Views: 599

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

but advocates of any sort of ethical system still have to argue that their system produces the best result for society even if they don't get lost in trolley problems. I suppose I see your point, but I'm just not certain that the reality is that simple. We abstract from underlying biological respon...
by morriswalters
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 18
Views: 599

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

1) Morals are derived from consequences
I kinda wish that I believed that.
by morriswalters
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1830

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I'm sorry for the pain it cost him. But no system can be totally fair to everyone. There are tons of sad stories on both sides. The Republicans dug in their heels and opted out of making realistic changes that might have improved the Act. And now they can't repeal and replace. Just what can they do?
by morriswalters
Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 340

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

How many of the possible combinations are relevant? I see two. Brushing with glasses on and with them off. I'm assuming the OP is brushing while looking at the clock. I have two questions. Is the toothbrush an orbital brush or does it reciprocate around the long axis? And does the clock have a segme...
by morriswalters
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10160

Re: Science-based what-if questions

It's been done in fiction. In the Forever War a missile moving at relativistic speeds is used to destroy an enemy base on a planet. Sets off planet quakes. Read more SF. It works well in that context since a planets motion is fairly predictable. Otherwise I don't see much utility as a fictional devi...
by morriswalters
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252449

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Without being sure, I would speculate that he just told you that you jumped to the wrong conclusion when you called him a racist. He seemed to be characterizing what other people might be thinking rather than what he thought about it. He isn't very clear. I don't really care though, I'm mostly liste...
by morriswalters
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 1802

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

A couple of points. Did they have exclusive knowledge? Were these known exploits? Is it legal for the CIA to do it? Their brief is foreign intelligence and I believe they might be barred from doing as you suggest. I don't know the answer to those questions. The obligation of the CIA is to keep us be...
by morriswalters
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10160

Re: Load bearing

Ask gun range owners . I'm trying to understand the models in the link. :roll: Another is to make the object being struck massive with respect to the impacting body. A tree will stop a bullet, a fairly massive stick as it were. I guess you have to decide exactly which mechanism you want to use. Or s...
by morriswalters
Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Forwarding an email to yourself doesn't 'remove' it from its 'proper place of custody'; it's still there in the place you forwarded it from. ????? You're protecting content of the message not the bytes on the disk. The proper place of custody would be a list of people with security clearances adequ...
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:30 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 41
Views: 4589

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

Everything old is new. Larry Niven postulated an idea something like this. A planet with a giant chasm on a planet created by a magic weapon. All the atmosphere went into the chasm. Called it Canyon.
by morriswalters
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 1944

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

The hard part is: will I be wasting effort trying to do something that turns out to actually be futile, or will I be letting opportunities pass by doing nothing when a challenge seems insurmountable but actually wouldn't be if I tried?) Make enough decisions and you'll do both. You find serenity wh...
by morriswalters
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 1944

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

Steal both cars and race to the bomb. Winner defuses.
by morriswalters
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Walking on a neutronium Dyson Sphere
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: Walking on a neutronium Dyson Sphere

Such a shell would have no net gravitational interaction with its englobed star (see shell theorem), and could drift in relation to the central star. If such movements went uncorrected, they could eventually result in a collision between the sphere and the star—most likely with disastrous results. ...
by morriswalters
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

1M=39.37in
1cubic centimeter=mL
by morriswalters
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Well in the end in the US you get your data from NIST. Unit conversions are right handy. It helps you to see that 7- 20 fluid oz bottles of coke are not equivalent to a 20 fluid ounces of icing.
by morriswalters
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: solving the refugee crisis
Replies: 62
Views: 3932

Re: solving the refugee crisis

The question wasn't if the boatlift was bad or good. Had that been anybody else it wouldn't have worked that way. Cubans got special privileges. Which had nothing to do with their refugee status. The paper shows(provides evidence) that it had no effect on wages or unemployment rates. You seemed to h...
by morriswalters
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: solving the refugee crisis
Replies: 62
Views: 3932

Re: solving the refugee crisis

What the OP seems to not understand is that the world was more or less how he imagines for some time, as in thousands of years, until modern times. We talk about all these "problems" immigrants cause, but nobody seems to be able to prove all of it. At least post some links for us to critic...
by morriswalters
Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Fantastic Idea wrote:You know how every once in a while the Air Force or someone sends a bomber on a cross-country run without anyone noticing it has a live payload of nukes? I get the feeling that'll happen more often now.
I doubt that, but only because Perry has nothing to do with it.
by morriswalters
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

That's a big Hershey Bar. :)
by morriswalters
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

@ Copper Bezel I added the second strip because the first calls it out, just under the title. I saw it after my other posts. Had I seen it first, I would have posted it and not posted anything else and not gone down this rabbit hole. I have no idea what was on Randall's mind. As a guess, he thinks s...
by morriswalters
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

If you felt safe about Nukes before Perry you just haven't been paying attention.
by morriswalters
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Does this help?Image
by morriswalters
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Don't pick on Dakotans. Besides a lot of those weapons are at sea on Boomers. Or elsewhere. :)
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

The problem, in this case, aren't the units, but the use of volume at all. Your great Granny didn't have cheap scales. Did you read at all? Or do you expect everyone to know the density of apples by heart? No I never read. Check that. That's snark. What is the limiting factor in an apple pie? Volum...
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

This stuff scares me too and I'm not even living in the US. If this bullshit keeps on going I'm genuinely scared it's going to escalate into a civil war. And a civil war in a country where everybody (stereotypically) has firearms cannot end well.If Europe already has troubles dealing with refugees ...
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I must be having a different discussion. On all the products he listed, the sugar content is measured in grams, everywhere in the US. Per the labels on the packaging. Is a UK gram different? The only thing measured in ounces was water. Even icing is listed at 8 g per tablespoon in Betty Crocker icin...
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583891

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

EDIT: This was written under the assumption the key system would make the doors inoperable if compromised, which according to morris' post below wasn't correct. To further clarify. Following the widespread reports, Christoph Brandstätter, the hotel's managing director, denied anyone was locked in o...
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6561

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I suppose it is pointless to say, based on the first panel that he is comparing sugar by weight, more or less. Or am I missing something?
Cadbury Eggs 60g
20 Coke 65g
A regular snickers is about 4 or so inches long and 27 grams of sugar, so around 2 and change for 60g
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583891

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

It turns out that the story I quoted was over hyped. Nobody was locked in their rooms. In so far as I can determine everything else was true. They just couldn't make new key cards. They do intend to lose the keycards. So when guests book online, how does their reservation make it into the system? Th...
by morriswalters
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetics in a species with three sex chromosomes
Replies: 18
Views: 1013

Re: A World With Three Genders

If she is interested in how it has been handled fictionally, she might want to look at the Ringworld books. Niven describes a species called Pierson's Puppeteers . Biologically, Puppeteers are highly intelligent herbivores; a herd animal, Puppeteers prefer the company (and smell) of their own kind. ...
by morriswalters
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Why is no one talking about this? I realize it wasn't exactly a slow news day yesterday, but still. People appear to be in the midst of an existential meltdown. I'm not. I used to be pro-life. I understand. I personally find it harder to be prochoice every year on the other hand. No Tweets today fr...
by morriswalters
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Abortion - Trump Thread Split
Replies: 21
Views: 839

Re: Trump presidency

Izawwlgood wrote:Argument to moderation. Perhaps the right for black people to vote should be decided on the state level as well. Gay people to marry. Blahblahblah. This is an old argument.
Civil Rights is not equal to Abortion. And contrary to Liri the country has been evenly divided since the outset. In a practical sense you could upend the Republican train by enshrining the right to bear arms explicitly and abortion restrictions of some type in the Constitution. The NRA would go out of business a lot of the background noise would fade. Of course that isn't going to happen.
eran_rathan wrote:Basically, it boiled down to bodily autonomy. You, as an individual, have a right to decide what happens to your body, yes? You cannot be forced to give blood, or an organ, or whatever, regardless of whether it could save someone's life or not. This concept even covers you after you are dead.
Sorry, but no. I'm not even going to list the ways that right can be superseded.
LaserGuy wrote:Oh, sure, I'll happily take this position
Then you shouldn't be surprised that pro life people go extreme the other way.
by morriswalters
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Explosions and Unobtainium, as pertains to video game physics
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Explosions and Unobtainium, as pertains to video game physics

Such lovely toys. I'm assuming the center for the blast wave is off the image. In the OP's setup all propagation is away from the wall. Wouldn't the reflection wave be indicative of the OP's explosion? The pressure wave has to diffract twice. Wasn't this setup something like a space craft propelled ...
by morriswalters
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Explosions and Unobtainium, as pertains to video game physics
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Explosions and Unobtainium, as pertains to video game physics

EDIT: Let's also assume the experiment is out in a flat desert somewhere, so there will be neither rubble, nor nearby extrusions from the landscape for shockwaves to reflect off of. If the drawing is correct there will be reflection from one source, the rigid wall, it's set up like a perfect mirror...
by morriswalters
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Fantastic Idea wrote:Rather because fuck the Republicans in Congress. They're a bunch of shits. And also we don't need another pro-life justice, it was my least favorite of 45's campaign promises.
Remember when Harry Reid changed the rules a while back?
by morriswalters
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Chen wrote:The blanket ban from various countries might have been held up as constitutional, though granted I'm far from a lawyer.
People seem not to understand how this works. The only body that can call anything unconstitutional is SCOTUS. And it is done per issue. Trumps order may or may not be unconstitutional. But until the SCOTUS rules you don't know. How the court ruled in the past gives you some idea of how they might rule on a current issue, giving you a legal justification to challenge a current action.
Quantized wrote:I guess the part I'm most worried about is his reasoning;
You, me and a whole lot of other people. Especially when you consider a beloved four term President placed people in what were effectively concentration camps, and was supported by SCOTUS.
by morriswalters
Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

I know it's not normal, that much can be seen quite easily. I'm just not sure exactly how far from the legal code he has strayed yet. I'm not familiar with the laws regarding firing/replacing interm AGs and other such positions, and I am wondering how close he is to being outside the law completely...
by morriswalters
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

We are reasonably certain that the reason Clinton lost was because of her baggage. The evidence is that a generic Democrat would have had no problem against Trump, and it's pretty clear that there was a significant drop-off in her polling due to Comey that she couldn't recover from which was signif...

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