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 Author Thread: Why are there more men in the world than women?
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Why are there more men in the world than women?
Posted: 3/3/2014 6:47:13 AM
Because China operates a one child policy so a lot of couple's abort their first child if it's found to be female. It's estimated that by 2020, China will have 24 million more men than women. Cultural biases around the world mean a lot of female children don't make it to term.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Webcam Interception
Posted: 3/3/2014 6:37:40 AM
It's really easy to remotely turn just about any piece of IT equipment on, it's also really easy to leave the Lens cap on or put a post it note over the lens when you're not using it. Of course you could always try only plugging it in only when you're using it if you weren't dumb enough to buy a computer with an integrated camera.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Fact Vs True
Posted: 2/26/2014 6:05:11 AM
Far as I can figure it works like this. It's true to say a pet is usually a loved and cherished member of the family that cares for it. But the facts are they're not, they don't share anywhere near to similar genetics. Or to put it another way it's true to say that if forced to choose between a pet and a kid in the overwhelmingly vast majority of cases the Parents will choose their kids, but you can't state that as fact cause there's always some psycho who wont, all you can say is it's true in the majority of cases, not that it's fact they definitely will. Your right when you say fact is what is actually the case and truth is what is most likely to be the case.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Dark Matter and Mathematics ..
Posted: 2/25/2014 10:17:12 AM
Erm, no. Super massive black holes always have a plasma sheef around their event horizon, that's what distinguishes them from normal black holes, and the gravity well of a normal black hole forms a very well recognized pattern as they suck things in. The area's I'm talking about don't do that, they speed things up as the they sling shot stuff round them, they dont suck anything in (that we can tell) Light can't escape a black hole, but it can escape from what have been coined 'Dark Nebulae' that seem to refract light around them, almost as if they dont reflect photon's like all known matter in the universe does.

And that's the point I'm making, as far as we understand it gravity only works in one direction so why are there patches of darkness that seem to break that rule?

The exact term I'm looking for is gravitational lensing.
http://www.nature.com/news/dark-matter-s-tendrils-revealed-1.10951
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Going to cinema alone
Posted: 2/25/2014 5:36:55 AM
Depends on the film, if it's good enough to hold my attention I don't mind cause I don't think about my circumstance, I just get lost in the film. Has saved me a ton of money cause it means I only go to see those must see films rather than going every other week for something to do.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Travelling faster than the speed of light..
Posted: 2/25/2014 3:59:17 AM
@Drinkthesun, you're right, that is how photons work within normal universal physics.

@OP, if you where standing on a train traveling at that speed you'd be a burning wreck. At 99% of the speed of light you are 99% through the mass to energy conversion process. Yes there'd still be a few SAP's and maybe a few atoms of matter left, but most of the train and your self would be a ball of plasma. Once you accelerate to 100% the speed of light everything would just convert to energy.

Current estimates put the highest none relative speed attainable within the universe at about 50% the speed of light, after that conditions just become untenable to sustain engineering or for that matter life.

However this does not mean you can't travel faster than the speed of light. The theory of relativity states that approaching celerity (the fancy name for the speed of light) matter converts to energy, how ever it also states that matter can not be destroyed, just broken into smaller bits. Therefor it must be possible for some SAP's to survive at the speed of light, we already know this is true of photons, more over theory and some circumstantial evidence suggests that Celerity isn't the universal limit and that some SAP's can travel faster than that in the right circumstance. As you can tell this means there's a bit of a problem with the theory of relativity, and there is, a big one, Einstein him self pointed it out.

It works like this Energy = Mass x Celerity squared where Celerity is the speed of light. However speed (of anything) = distance / time and this is where it gets tricky because time isn't a universal constant, it's in fact reliant of gravitational effects on atomic decay. This means that in the right set of circumstance you should be able to use gravitational forces to convince an object it isn't taking any time (or is static in time.) This means it's effective inertia would be 0, even though it would be moving or to be more precise the space is moving around at static object. This is the fabled 'warp theory' of Star Trek and the truth is it's more than just a theory. A group of world renowned scientists met up at the end of last year to rerun the maths for it given what we now know for experiments like Cern and others and there conclusion was that it's actually a lot easier than we thought and practical tests should begin on experimental systems with in the next decade.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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There is no such thing as time, and thus no such thing as death
Posted: 2/25/2014 1:23:08 AM
Or maybe I just went to bed . . . .

If time is so real, why do we have to keep adjusting it so much in order to make it practical for us. I mean. you'd think with it being such a universal constant for all but no, two atomic clocks under different gravitational conditions keep time differently. And this is because it is a human abstraction, it is not a universal constant. Hence why two objects moving at different velocities relative to each other perceive time at different rates. We call this the theory of relativity and it's such a good theory we built the modern world on it. And all because a patent clerk realized that the only things that where really real where matter and energy.

You live in an abstraction of the real world created by your mind, even something as simple as the concept of the number one is actually an elaborate logical underpinning created by your mind. Because you recognize that you your self are a unique individual, a single self you therefore assume the same of other objects. This creates the concept of one. The same can be said with almost everything else you experience, they are abstractions created by your brain. For example colour, you can see colour because photons bounce around the universe until they hit receptors in your eye where they become electrons which are transmitted to your eye. Now photons them selves do not have a colour, you do not get red photons and blue photons and green photons, what colour is perceived depends upon the wave length of the photon, a wave length that can change at any point. It's only the photon which is actually real, everything else is just an abstraction of it's properties.

Exactly the same could be said of time. Just like colour is an abstraction of the properties of photons, time is an abstraction of the properties of mass and gravity and how they relate to one another.

Which funnily enough brings us right to the last point the above poster was trying to make. Just like time the other three dimensions aren't real either. Again they are abstractions. Things either are, or they aren't. (Shrodingers Cat, quantum theory and probability) What determines whether they are or aren't is the relative relationship between their energy and their mass. From these two measurements, so long as they are placed in to context against the same measurements of everything else that surrounds the given object, all it's further properties can be worked out. We call this the standard model and there is only one piece of it left to figure out which is Gravity, is it a force or a particle or both. Once we've answered that then we'll be able to work out how the abstraction of time really works (At least in theory, my money's on this being the point where we just find a new level of detail.)
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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There is no such thing as time, and thus no such thing as death
Posted: 2/24/2014 4:17:06 PM
That's like saying you have a real relationship with a popstar because you watch them on TV. In fact that's the perfect analogy. The perceived brand of the pop star is no closer to being the real person they actually are then time is to the actual process which drives it, that being atomic decay. It's like you perceive the sky to be blue and to have a certain limit to it during the day, but you know it isn't. You know that's photons refracting within the atoms that make up the atmosphere and that in reality once you get passed that atmosphere you can see almost forever in almost any direction. What you perceive to be real isn't always the case. In fact what you can see, hear, smell and touch makes up less than 1% of the reality that surrounds you. It's very hard to define anything as real when we all have such a blinkered view.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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The Big Bang
Posted: 2/24/2014 3:59:42 PM
That's just great but only one of those threads even comes close to the question I posed and it's now 5 years out of date. A lot's happened since then, like near confirmation of both the standard model and of dark matter, not to mention the research that has now been done into dark flow.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Risk life for your beliefs?
Posted: 2/24/2014 2:04:41 PM
No it's not, since when has the word risk meant automatic lose? It's also a little presumptuous that the Op means mortal risk (although she probably does.) She could mean risking the very thing that makes your life worth living ie freedom, love, integrity, life's work, whatever.

The simple fact is, for the right reason, I personally would risk everything, but I can tell you now that I would stack the odds against me not dying, but that doesn't mean those odds will pan out, I'd still do it though. There's an element of risk in everything we do, even crossing the road, why not accept that when it comes to things that are actually important to you. That's why I made the general comment that I did, what is the point in believing in something if your not going to stand up for it. See, it was a general comment, not something aimed at you.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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The Big Bang [CLOSED]
Posted: 2/24/2014 1:37:49 PM
Opened can of endless debate right here but it's my fav so tough.

The Big Bang, unique event that created our universe or simple the final death of the old one after all the black holes had ate each other, merged into one singularity that had nothing to contain it and so went bang, in a big way.

Some actual astrophysics or theoretical physics (your theory or some one elses, doesn't really matter) to suport your version of events would be nice but isn't entirely necessary so long as you can come up with something inspired and inventive enough.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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breaking laws
Posted: 2/24/2014 1:06:03 PM
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." and "The only laws that matter are those that can be enforced." Pretty much says it all for me.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Banks and the financial system
Posted: 2/24/2014 12:39:04 PM
Banks exist for one reason and one reason only, to make money, if you ever thing they are going to willingly hand any of that money over to you without making more money off it your mistaken.

And boom and busts happen for one reason, because people are obsessed with making money, as quickly and as easily as they can. So nobody really thinks things through, they see a opportunity to make money and they take it, and they keep on taking until someone goes, 'hang on a second, if we keep doing this x, y, or z is going to go wrong.' At which point everybody loses confidence, those who have already made a profit sit on it, and those who where shelling out in the hope of making a profit lose out. Or in other words, an animal finds a honey pot, him and his mates go a bit mental trying to eat the pot until the pot breaks and then everyone looks around in a mood with each other cause there's no honey left.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Chemistry test
Posted: 2/24/2014 11:31:45 AM
Is it possible to reset a chem test on a account because someone wasn't really paying attention when they did it and answered some of the questions wrong?
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Review and advice please
Posted: 2/24/2014 11:02:09 AM
Yer, see when I say lame, I specifically mean doing something like throwing pop corn around. But point taken.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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There is no such thing as time, and thus no such thing as death
Posted: 2/24/2014 10:22:35 AM
I wouldn't say has no place in our experience as it obviously has so much to do with how we perceive and experience reality, but yes it is just a neat mathematical trick we pull within a matrix who's parameters are energy and mass so we can measure changes in those states.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Review and advice please
Posted: 2/24/2014 10:01:27 AM
@ Eric, the problem with actually doing insane things is they're not all that alluring unless you happen to be there, At the time and when in context they seem like an amazing idea, often they actually are. But from the outside, not so much, they just seem a bit insane. But it's not something i can avoid putting because that would just be a lie. However advice taken, I'll figure something out.

Which brings me to your next suggestion, the photo's. Again great idea, but I'm not the sort of person who can do staged photo's like that. I think they're a bit fake, so I'm not comfortable with my self and that show's in the pictures. My smile looks forced, my body language looks off. I'm not a huge fan of being in pictures anyway, guess I'll just have to ask round my friends to see who have got some truly decent ones of me.

@Jerseygirl, I'm afraid that's a bit of your own prejudice showing through there. Gamer and geek is the short way of putting 'highly intelligent problem solver with a strong attention to detail who does complex maths in his head for fun and loves a challenge.' Problem is that sentence sounds more like I'm applying for a new contract rather than a filling out a profile on a dating site.

So all in all, rephrase some stuff and find some better photo's. Fair enough.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Review and advice please
Posted: 2/24/2014 8:11:28 AM
It is absolutely not ok to wear different colours of clothing (on account of having a dark complexion, I end up looking like some ones turned the contrast up to max.) Most I can get away with is a coloured shirt under a dark suit.

Thanks for the advice on the second photo, have to find another one that makes me look like I can actually do practical things.

As for what female space cadets wear, yer, I'm not answering that for fear of getting permabanned.

As for 'what I'm looking for' I don't really do expectations so I fear what ever I put would be horribly generic and unimaginative, but you've got a point that it might be an idea to put some sort of idea up. Thanks for your help. :)
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Review and advice please
Posted: 2/24/2014 7:28:41 AM
Can someone please take a look at my profile and offer up any advice. I think I may have got part of it slightly wrong so I could do with an outsiders perspective at pointing out any thing that may appear more than a little strange. (Apart from me that is. Yes I know I can appear to be slightly insane, it's in a good way, I promise.)
 burning-chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Dark Matter and Mathematics ..
Posted: 2/24/2014 6:55:26 AM
But what's causing that gravity well, and why around certain patches of darkness does it seem to work the opposite way round to the way it should?
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Dark Matter and Mathematics ..
Posted: 2/24/2014 5:02:53 AM
The title of the thread is wrong, OP is talking about anti matter, (well negative matter,) not dark matter.

The matter / anti matter problem and the reason the maths don't work is there should have been equal amounts of either created in the big bag, but because matter and negative matter cancel each other out, then if there where equal amounts then the universe would have cancelled it's self out. It obviously didn't.

Nobody can answer why this is at the moment except for stating wrong thing. Our understanding of 'anti matter's' (either neutral or negative, light or dark) is wrong.

As for dark matter, just like negative matter all our models say dark matter should exist, how er to date there is no direct observational evidence of dark matter it's self. However there is a whole lot of evidence to suggest that there is something out there which is so dense it bends space an so you can't see it, however unlike black holes these patches of space dont suck things in but rather repel them.

None of these questions will be really answered until we complete the standard model and find out if gravity is a particle driven effect or a force driven effect. We have numerous models which seem to work, but some assume gravity is a particle, others assume it's a force, some assume it's both. However until we narrow it down and find out which set of mechanics is right we wont know which theory is right.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Firsthand knowledge of Russian language, humor, and culture
Posted: 2/24/2014 4:42:48 AM
If I was Russian at the moment I'd be much more worried and offended by other terms the rest of the world could use, like homophobic, bigoted fascists. Of course my main cause for concern might would be that the rest of the world was speaking the truth.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Risk life for your beliefs?
Posted: 2/24/2014 4:19:18 AM
What's the point in believing in something if you're not going to stand up for it when that belief is challenged. Seems a little self defeating to me.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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There is no such thing as time, and thus no such thing as death
Posted: 2/24/2014 3:54:36 AM
That's a case of splitting hairs, time in it's self isn't real, it's our perception of atomic decay under the force of gravity. Therefore you can't say it's the real '4th' dimension, because it's just an extrapolation of the other 3 dimensions in relation to their energy. However the forces of gravity and atomic decay are obviously real therefore time as an observable phenomenon is real, it's just not one of the basic phenomenon from which all others can be measured, hence the term, time is relative.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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There is no such thing as time, and thus no such thing as death
Posted: 2/24/2014 1:48:32 AM
The initial assumption of this thread is wrong, there may not be such a thing as time but there is such a thing as atomic decay based on gravity. And once a atom has go past a specific point of decay, you can't go back. You can use energy to rebuild it to be something like it formerly was, or you can use energy to speed up it's rate of decay, making it appear to age faster and thus travel forward in time, but the one thing you can not do is return to an exactly the same previous state.

Time is best viewed like a river of potential energy pouring out from the source of the big bang, different parts of that river go at different speeds, meaning the whole thing is quite fluid and bendable, but only really in one direction. An object caught in the flow has three choices, it can go with the flow, expend energy and kick with the flow, essentially speeding it's self up, or expend a lot of energy fighting against the flow and not really getting anywhere as the flow pushes it along at it's speed anyway.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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opt out or opt in
Posted: 2/24/2014 12:55:12 AM
But how are they going to make all the wonderful profit selling information that doesn't even belong to them if they're going to have to go round checking if individuals opted in or not? Anybody would think you've got concerns about being used as a cash generator.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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On Ch5 Now - Was David Icke Right ???
Posted: 2/20/2014 6:01:37 AM
Here's an idea, before you condemn and dismiss a person for being crazy maybe you should try and figure out waht drove him to that extreme. Could it be that 'Alien Lizard Men' is over dramatic language for 'Emotionally dead sociopaths who just don't think like the rest of us'.

Make no mistake, the society you live in does not work the way you think it does. The only choice you have is to vote for different colours of the same thing. You are viewed as nothing more than a resource to be exploited and there is an international conspiracy to make sure certain people stay in control of that resource. You really shouldn't dismiss those who have investigated this corruption just because the sheer scale of it has driven them to paranoia.
 Burning-Chrome
Joined: 7/4/2013
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Winter Olympics and Human Rights
Posted: 2/20/2014 3:34:16 AM
Outright boycotting the Olympics because of Russia's stance on Homosexuality (among other things, their enviromental ethics are a bit rubbish as well.) Added to which the the X games are better anyway.
 
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