# Flickta #8

Discussion in '1,000,000 Post Contest' started by Flickta, Aug 20, 2004.

1. ### Flickta macrumors 6502

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2. ### Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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interesting idea

you need to have the guy rotating in 3D and have line scanning up and down

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It looks like the badge we'd all wear if MacRumors had a convention.

4. ### pyrotoaster macrumors 65816

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Centimeters and kilograms?!
Why don't you just measure your height in furlongs and your weight in chickens!!

Cool idea, though.

5. ### Flickta thread starter macrumors 6502

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Well, this idea may need some work - with all that 3d and stuff and localizations for foreigners...

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7. ### Don't panic macrumors 603

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Just because here we use some bizarre system of measurement which doesn't make any sense, it doesn't follow that the rest of the world should do the same.
the day the US moves to the standard (metric) system it will be one century too late (and counting...).

and how to forget the 125 M\$ Mars Climate Orbiter debacle?

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In case you are wondering, I just computed the weight of an Apple Newton MessagePad 2000. The answer: 6.23 Newtons. So tell your physics teacher that 1 Newton = 6.23 Newtons and see if you get extra credit.

Geek note: That value is at average ground level, since gravity varies by distance from the center of the earth.

And, by the way, the codename for the MessagePad 2000 was Q!

9. ### Don't panic macrumors 603

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this is a most extraordinary fact, especially considering that the Newton does NOT measure weight...

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Right. Mass measures the amount of matter, while weight is the measurement of the pull (e.g., of gravity) on that matter. So you have to fix gravity at some value to use force to measure the equivalent of weight. This is a weighty matter indeed!

11. ### Don't panic macrumors 603

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So how many Newtons was Newton's apple when it hit him on his head while using his Apple Newton?

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That's a trick question. Although it's true that Isaac Newton always carried around an Apple Newton for taking notes, the unit for the force that caused the apple to bean him wasn't yet named "Newton".

Sorry, Flickta.

13. ### pyrotoaster macrumors 65816

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That's great!