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Forum: Chit Chat 03-06-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 801
Posted By MacMan
A sinusoid can be expressed as A*cos(w*t + p),...

A sinusoid can be expressed as A*cos(w*t + p), where A is the amplitude, w the angular frequency of the wave, and p the phase shift. If all you need is amplitude, you're just looking for abs(A).
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Forum: Chit Chat 03-01-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 865
Posted By MacMan
I'm suspired, BB, there's not much more you need...

I'm suspired, BB, there's not much more you need to see. Sine and cosine are orthogonal. He's in an engineering class, so they should have a notion of orthogonality from signal processing.

Two...
Forum: Chit Chat 03-01-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,012
Posted By MacMan
Are you serious? If you'd every actually used...

Are you serious? If you'd every actually used biodegradable utensils, you'd know that the only thing wrong with them is that they smell a little off, but why would you smell silverware, anyway. If...
Forum: Chit Chat 02-01-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 3,053
Posted By MacMan
If you were smart, you would know that those...

If you were smart, you would know that those numbers mean nothing. Let's hear your school's mean GPA and standard deviation, and then we'll talk.
Forum: Serious Discussion 01-28-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 870
Posted By MacMan
You're ignoring the fact that this is only a...

You're ignoring the fact that this is only a solution for waste management, which happens to have the optional benefit of electricity production. In no way is this marketed as a viable alternative to...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-28-2008
Replies: 27
Views: 846
Posted By MacMan
Sweet. I can't use these with my existing...

Sweet. I can't use these with my existing collection, I have to use a proprietary player (that won't be available for Macs), and I can't load them on my iPod. Count me in!
Forum: Chit Chat 01-26-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 516
Posted By MacMan
The next time I make a thread showcasing my...

The next time I make a thread showcasing my crippling lack of basic life skills, I'll be sure to follow your lead and cry when people make fun. Actually, never mind, because that will never happen,...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-26-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 516
Posted By MacMan
Hey, cool, you suck at math! You're assuming...

Hey, cool, you suck at math!

You're assuming that you produce some amount x each day, so weekly production is 6x. We'd like weekly production to be 1.24*6x = 7.44x. That means daily production is...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-26-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 756
Posted By MacMan
I'm not an anti-social freak, so yes, I have a...

I'm not an anti-social freak, so yes, I have a best friend.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-25-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 698
Posted By MacMan
It's football with no pauses and no forward...

It's football with no pauses and no forward passes. Just search for rugby or scrum on youtube to see for yourself.
Forum: Serious Discussion 01-25-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 5,587
Posted By MacMan
Mutual funds never beat the market. Index funds...

Mutual funds never beat the market. Index funds are a much smarter choice. For example, during the '90's, the S&P 500 had an annual return of 17.3% while the average mutual fund only returned 13.4%....
Forum: Chit Chat 01-25-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 698
Posted By MacMan
I played D1 rugby. Join the team and stop being...

I played D1 rugby. Join the team and stop being such a pussy (asking BF, seriously dude?). You're probably going to get stuck with B-side fullback since you sound like a wimp, and you're also joining...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-25-2008
Replies: 50
Views: 1,604
Posted By MacMan
100% pattern recognition. This test feels bogus,...

100% pattern recognition. This test feels bogus, since usually they require your age.
Forum: Serious Discussion 01-25-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 5,587
Posted By MacMan
You're new, so you should stick to index funds...

You're new, so you should stick to index funds (they often outperform mutual funds and don't have the overhead). Aim for value over growth, and look for an index weighted towards small caps. Do NOT...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-21-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 3,591
Posted By MacMan
Did you even read my first explanation? I spelled...

Did you even read my first explanation? I spelled it out for you.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-21-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 3,591
Posted By MacMan
A three-dimensional reference frame -- one with...

A three-dimensional reference frame -- one with only spatial axes -- can always be embedded in a four-dimensional one. There is no absolute reference frame, period.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-19-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By MacMan
No. Accelerating even an atom of hydrogen to 50%...

No. Accelerating even an atom of hydrogen to 50% light speed would require a mass of fuel heavier than the visible universe.

Edit: Corrected and clarified.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-18-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 3,591
Posted By MacMan
A reference frame is just a coordinate system....

A reference frame is just a coordinate system. What you're asking doesn't make any sense to me.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-16-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,171
Posted By MacMan
It isn't a crime to enter a building without a...

It isn't a crime to enter a building without a warrant if you have probable cause, and in this case you had someone bleeding, presumably from a knife wound or something. I also don't buy that the...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-16-2008
Replies: 62
Views: 1,999
Posted By MacMan
No, that's pretty much universally fucked up. If...

No, that's pretty much universally fucked up. If you're seriously defending having only 2 friends as if it's a good thing then you must be really goddamn pitiful.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-16-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 1,061
Posted By MacMan
Not necessarily. My 60GB iPod holds less than a...

Not necessarily. My 60GB iPod holds less than a third of my tunes. Some people actually need that space for music ;)
Forum: Chit Chat 01-16-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 921
Posted By MacMan
[QUOTE=aliasalian122;336802]How about we wait for...

[QUOTE=aliasalian122;336802]How about we wait for them to learn the stairs (==http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lWa54OOuVs&feature=related) before we start talking about self replication, mkay?

This...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-15-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By MacMan
Torrents are good for casual use, but they're...

Torrents are good for casual use, but they're insecure, especially for new work that's often monitored (your ISP will shut you down if they get 2 letters from the RIAA, if you're lucky). Usenet and...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-15-2008
Replies: 62
Views: 1,999
Posted By MacMan
You should save this for the next time you want...

You should save this for the next time you want to scare the everloving shit out of a potential girlfriend.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-15-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 1,275
Posted By MacMan
Are you 4-years-old or something? Snap out of it.

Are you 4-years-old or something? Snap out of it.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-15-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,171
Posted By MacMan
Don't abuse Child Services just to try and make...

Don't abuse Child Services just to try and make your aunt look ever worse. That service exists to help with legitimate abuse. You clogging their system with a personal vendetta means that the time...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-14-2008
Replies: 62
Views: 1,999
Posted By MacMan
If this is something you're actually concerned...

If this is something you're actually concerned about, then you either aren't in a healthy relationship or you've got insecurity issues.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-14-2008
Replies: 62
Views: 1,879
Posted By MacMan
My style: clothes that fit me. Skinny jeans are a...

My style: clothes that fit me. Skinny jeans are a plague upon humanity.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-14-2008
Replies: 204
Views: 11,489
Posted By MacMan
First starring role? No. Go see Hard Candy (your...

First starring role? No. Go see Hard Candy (your balls will literally ache afterwards... and not in a good way... oh god...).

Juno was cute, but a little over-hyped. A lot of the movie felt...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-13-2008
Replies: 150
Views: 3,686
Posted By MacMan
Stop acting like you're special just because you...

Stop acting like you're special just because you drink.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 150
Views: 3,686
Posted By MacMan
I'm also from Wisconsin, which city? Edit: I...

I'm also from Wisconsin, which city?

Edit: I just bought cheese curds to give to my girlfriend who's never had them... and I'm going to give you drinking advice... I feel very stereotypical right...
Forum: Serious Discussion 01-12-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1,420
Posted By MacMan
I've heard of this. The woman describing this...

I've heard of this. The woman describing this called herself Ragoona or something, and she claimed to be an alien (not kidding). Yeah, anyone behind this idea is generally a crackpot. Quantum physics...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,518
Posted By MacMan
The odds are very likely, just look at this...

The odds are very likely, just look at this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3t4v8PmY_Q) (not zombies but close). It's only a matter of time before that fungus evolves to eat Human brains.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By MacMan
Not only did you plagiarize that article (you...

Not only did you plagiarize that article (you copied it word-for-word without giving credit until now), but it also confirms everything that's already been said (photons have no rest mass). Your...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 1,417
Views: 59,152
Posted By MacMan
Awwww! This is funny because you're clearly young...

Awwww! This is funny because you're clearly young and inexperienced, but it's also very cute because you seem to be doing a good job. Congratulations, man! I know how you feel and I hope it lasts. My...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By MacMan
You're ability to regurgitate Wikipedia is mighty...

You're ability to regurgitate Wikipedia is mighty impressive, but what does that have to do with anything? When someone speaks of "mass," it is commonly understood to mean rest mass. Photons have no...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,171
Posted By MacMan
Again, the actual records would be helpful. The...

Again, the actual records would be helpful. The bat thing definitely makes this smell rotten, but a sudden lunge towards or away from him would be viewed as threatening regardless of whether he told...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 663
Posted By MacMan
Google Images queries for "Hillary Clinton" are...

Google Images queries for "Hillary Clinton" are my favorite. She only has 2 faces: batshit insane and posing for a photo-op.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 1,171
Posted By MacMan
It's called double jeopardy -- if you were...

It's called double jeopardy -- if you were wrongly accused of murder, and acquitted, would you want to be charged with that same crime for the rest of your life? The idea is that the courts should...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-12-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 3,591
Posted By MacMan
Ok... it doesn't sound like you realize it (since...

Ok... it doesn't sound like you realize it (since this is cutting at the core of special relativity), but you're taking the stance that relativity is incorrect (see below). By saying "no one has been...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-11-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By MacMan
Close but a little oversimplified. Light is...

Close but a little oversimplified. Light is slowed by a material because of the inefficiency the material has in transmitting the light's electric field. That same electric field displaces charges...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-11-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By MacMan
That energy loss is due to work done by friction....

That energy loss is due to work done by friction. If no work is done, then no energy is lost. Everything you're saying is incorrect.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-11-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By MacMan
The value you gave is only the speed of light in...

The value you gave is only the speed of light in a vacuum; light always slows down when propagating through a material. We can currently slow light to only a few meters per second. Slowing down light...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-10-2008
Replies: 77
Views: 1,968
Posted By MacMan
No. This is how Greeks portrayed Persians at the...

No. This is how Greeks portrayed Persians at the time (except usually with pants); his portrayal in the movie is a testament to the fact that the winners write the history books.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-10-2008
Replies: 60
Views: 2,451
Posted By MacMan
Although it came at the very tail end of the...

Although it came at the very tail end of the year, There Will be Blood is already destined to be a classic. It has 93/100 on Metacritic -- that says a lot.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-08-2008
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By MacMan
Stop apologizing for your generalizations only to...

Stop apologizing for your generalizations only to come back with more. How about we tie this all together and mention that only 10% of teen mothers ever complete high school -- now would you say...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-08-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 4,246
Posted By MacMan
Yes, everyone please listen to this man. Clearly,...

Yes, everyone please listen to this man. Clearly, he has a very "desirable" job (human street sweeper) and, naturally, a Mexican held him up at gunpoint and STOLE it from him. He was also born in...
Forum: Serious Discussion 01-08-2008
Replies: 1,153
Views: 42,697
Posted By MacMan
Fox News has a bias against your grandmother;...

Fox News has a bias against your grandmother; that's just about the worst possible example you could give to illustrate your point.
Forum: Chit Chat 01-08-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 4,246
Posted By MacMan
Link? What are you even talking about? I know...

Link? What are you even talking about? I know this is rather astonishing, but I actually have a vocabulary that doesn't rely on Google.

Hey, I found this somewhere on the web I don't know what it...
Forum: Chit Chat 01-08-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 4,246
Posted By MacMan
Hello and welcome to Germany, circa 1933.

Hello and welcome to Germany, circa 1933.
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