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by KittenKaboodle
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 38
Views: 872

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

My assumption - Wolves would be very reluctant, even if hungry, to attack an aware foe that outnumbers them, all other factors being equal. Wolves run. Humans walk after them. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistence_hunting) Wolves eventually die of exhaustion. Humans win. PS: "choke out a ...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to calculate the surface tension between water and pure oxygen gas
Replies: 5
Views: 1386

Re: How to calculate the surface tension between water and pure oxygen gas

Eebster the Great wrote:wut


My guess would be English as a second language.
Looks like I'm not the only one, viewtopic.php?f=2&t=125621&p=4415940#p4416025 though there may be other posibilities
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 48
Views: 1890

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Maybe one of you USAians would be kind enough to tell us what in tarnation this is about. December 7th some year in the 1940s? Some president? What? My first thought for a hint was August 6th, (different year, but related) However, since you seem to be in Germany, how about May 8th, that is rather ...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389397

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

Scientists determine the average time to poop out a swallowed Lego is 1.7 days . They determined this by ingesting the Legos themselves... Shoo in for this year's Ignoble awards. I don't think it should count if the only reason you are doing the experiment is to win an Ignoble. Kind of like the Gui...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613855

Re: Trump presidency

If the camera and microphone haven't been disabled, if someone gains control of the phone they could spy on him. And possibly also know his location at all times. An insecure device shouldn't be in the White House. Shhh, don't tell Putin. But seriously, the difference between Trump and Clinton is t...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Half full or half empty?
Replies: 41
Views: 3724

Re: Half full or half empty?

Half full or half empty? Yes. Cute, but I bet you are wrong. the OP wrote: "TL;DR: A glass drinking vessel filled halfway to its brim with water in a room at standard temperature and pressure at sea level on Earth " Surely the condition will change by at least a molecule of water, nitroge...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [Physics] Going over like a lead balloon
Replies: 2
Views: 1611

Re: [Physics] Going over like a lead balloon

Myth busters !

Though they just barely got one to float in an aircraft hanger, I doubt one could withstand weather. On the other hand they were using helium, hydrogen would allow a slightly stronger (thinker) skin.
by KittenKaboodle
Wed May 30, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 6454

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Antikythera mechanism: "there's an app for that" but a mechanical version would be cool.

Gasoline? couldn't it just eat a bit of the users hand? , a small bite will grow back after all.
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581049

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sure it sounds insane, but I notice that it is commercially available from some supplier as tablets (and therefore presumably dry) "Virtually all infections with rabies resulted in death until two French scientists, Louis Pasteur and Émile Roux, developed the first rabies vaccination in 1885. T...
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322327

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Considering the fuel used to get it into space, what's the MPG rating? Jose Getting better every second! I don't know how fast it is going, but for a first approximation I'll use the 11.2km/s from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_velocity, so let's say about 25,000 MPH, the thing has been up th...
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 10918

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

"things got a little weird" ?

#M☭GA
U+262D
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613855

Re: Trump presidency

With just a .7% margin. BABY KILLER! BABY KILLER! Wooo! Seriously? do you really think that if Moore got a teenager pregnant he wouldn't think that abortion is just fine? Also I don't get the Trump supporters likening Moore, didn't he get kicked off the bench for displaying the Ten Commandments? TH...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581049

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You still have to reconcile that with the fact that the second amendment specifically refers to "the people's right to keep and bear arms." This means to me that your proficiency training and so forth can't be particularly onerous,... I think you forgot a phrase of the amendment. That's o...
by KittenKaboodle
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581049

Re: The Darker Side of the News

But Kitten made the specific accusation that it was an America specific thing. Did not! The flag thing was hyperbole, I assumed this started with the attack on the bike path in New York, in that case it was reported the attacker had an ISIL (or something like that) flag in the truck with him. If on...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581049

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Terrorism is overrated as a crime. True, but Vehicular homicide is very underrated as a crime, If the guy had been white with an American flag in the truck, a plastic Jesus on the dashboard and claimed "the sun got in my eyes", this might have just been a "tragic accident", with...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 99040

Re: Science-based what-if questions

but shouldn't putting a sword through an apple at insane speed cause two pieces of apple to separate at insane speeds? You might check out What It #1. I think others have mentioned, it would be far more than 2 pieces, I'd guess that a relativistic sword would get you a long way towards your goal wi...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613855

Re: Trump presidency

Most politicians lie because they value the truth . Trump's lies are different, and not just because of their quantity. Trump lies so obviously and outlandishly that the only purpose I can see for them is to undermine the very idea of truth. Ha, ha, some wag once said (on these forums I think) that...
by KittenKaboodle
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: EXPERIENCE TRUE LEVEL!
Replies: 21
Views: 8854

Re: EXPERIENCE TRUE LEVEL!

I want to roll it across the worlds flattest surface. This is an experiment that needs to be done. Of course if one attempts such an experiment in any significant gravity field the "worlds flattest surface" is not so likely to remain the worlds flattest, and if done in microgravity "...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613855

Re: Trump presidency

order for a military strike to be successful, it would have to be absolutely staggering. We'd need to deal massive damage, very quickly, all along the border to take out their artillery; while at the same time hitting several very well fortified missile sites all simultaneously. And the thing is......
by KittenKaboodle
Thu May 25, 2017 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uses of 1:11 Million Gear Ratio
Replies: 15
Views: 4035

Re: Uses of 1:11 Million Gear Ratio

jewish_scientist wrote: What is an application of such an extreme reduction?


Click bait!

I wonder if it counts as a "view" if I only watched 10 seconds of the video?
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613855

Re: Trump presidency

"We're going to open up libel laws and we're going to have people sue you like you've never got sued before" DJT
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 20393

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

That's before practical engineering 1 demands that hole-sides are non-vertical for reasons of preventing slumping inward, unless unobtanium-lining can be employed as (locally) vertical shoring... 1 Practical engineering? In a What-If ? Sorry, don't know what I was thinking... Even in What-if vertic...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:48 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 20393

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

I know the question was about "digging a hole" but if one is going to compress the atmosphere into SCUBA tanks, wouldn't it be easier to just throw them into the ocean? If the goal is to suffocate everyone, drowning is perhaps somewhat similar so the rising (faster) sea level caused by the...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389397

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

So, er, maybe humorous: a policeman issued a fine to someone for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. The idiot in question claimed to have thought it was alright to check Facebook, because, to quote, "I'm not using it as a phone." ... hominids. I wonder if the idiot was a Washin...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report
Replies: 6
Views: 5120

Re: Samsung publishes Galaxy "Explosive battery" report

[quote="KnightExemplar] if you somehow found a material that was 2x more rigid[/quote] Going to steel instead of aluminum gets you 3x, but as pogrmman mentions there would be a weight penalty, about 3x the mass for the frame (however the frame is only some fraction of the total, so the overall ...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613855

Re: Trump presidency

It seems excessive -- deleting things that have been posted? CRIME THOUGHT!! the tweets never existed! Also, we have always been at war with Eastasia. I once read (perhaps in one of these forums) someone's statement that 1984 was "a cautionary tale, not a how-to manual", but of course the...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1025323

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote:If you follow his tweets, he's saying that it's a witch hunt. Makes sense if you follow his logic.


Personally, I'd like to see Trump's birth certificate, not that I can read Cyrillic, but still...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 99040

Re: Science-based what-if questions

No, it doesn't make any difference. No amount of simple lenses can do what you want. While the OP perhaps did imply using the water droplets as lenses, since they have "absurd amount of [magical] nanomachines" I think we can do better than "simple" and while the word "beam&...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389397

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

You'd be surprised at how little even educated people know.. You ought to read the stuff Randle writes, e.g. https://what-if.xkcd.com/128/ https://xkcd.com/651/ My iPhone 4s (yes I need a new phone) has a battery that's 18000 joules. How much energy is that? Imagine a 40W incandescent light bulb, 1...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389397

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

"We've always been at war with Eastasia"
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1025323

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As elaborated here , that person appears to be using "voter suppression" to mean ad efforts aimed at demoralizing potential voters, not the placing of actual impediments to voting (as the term is usually understood). Although they may well be doing that too. Well, Trump has been televised...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973812

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Interesting to think about a system where an officer can "believe" you committed a crime and that's good enough for conviction. Note that an arrest technical only requires "probable cause" (though in practice that tends to be optional), a conviction is supposed to require much m...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322327

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Uber's driverless taxis began operation in Pittsburgh today . I realize that this might seem like old news, since a driverless taxi service has been operating in Singapore for three weeks already, but it still seems worth taking note of since they're the first driverless taxis in the U.S. Well, not...
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973812

Re: Police misbehavior thread

An officer that misses like that with an assault rifle has no business touching one. There he is, touching... Give the guy a break, he's just a member of the SWAT team, it's not like he has any special train.... Oh,... wait,... Never mind. :roll: I would be suspicious of anyone who volunteers for t...
by KittenKaboodle
Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?
Replies: 27
Views: 8367

Re: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?

The Marathon des Sables Lets ask Big Brother Google about that; In 1984 Patrick Bauer - a French concert promoter - decided to set out for an epic walk. He chose one of the harshest environments on the planet - the Sahara desert and he chose to walk 200 miles with all he would need on his back. Wik...
by KittenKaboodle
Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?
Replies: 27
Views: 8367

Re: How Far Can A Person Walk Into The Desert?

Copper Bezel wrote:I really want the answer to be some formulation of the rocket equation, but that seems unlikely.


I think it kind of is, as long as the person is allowed multiple trips and establishing caches along the way.
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 5797

Re: 1661: "Podium"

Copper Bezel wrote:I have to assume Apeiron is joking or possibly trolling, if only for the "podiatrist."

I'm not sure if you are joking, but I think Apeirion is not: It derives from the Greek πόδι (foot)
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322327

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Clearly this calls for research in to more advanced games that will baffle AI and keep Humanity ahead in the race to not be rendered redundant at playing games.... The Simpsons Randal did it! https://xkcd.com/1002/ And of course there is Global thermonuclear war, due to computers need for electrici...
by KittenKaboodle
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12183

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

Assuming the person in question never has beaten their [whatever], the logically correct answer to that is "no". But why would anyone assume that? the question clearly implies that they have. It would be one thing to have realized the error of one ways and stopped, but to not have stopped...
by KittenKaboodle
Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1025323

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

KnightExemplar wrote:grossly underestimating the power of SuperPAC negative campaign ads and their ability to sway the public.


Um, this looks to me a lot like the cure being worse than the disease.
But, sure, if Goldstein Trump is the reincarnation of Hitler, then, double plus good, the ends justify the means.

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