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by ShuRugal
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 4981

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Interesting that he had a wifi capable phone in 2000, but only got cellular data in 2007, when the iphone came out. Weird to think back then it was seen as a cool thing to say that you were never going to get a phone because you didn't want to be at people's beck and call all the time or some-such....
by ShuRugal
Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 7784

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

orthogon wrote:. I'd love to see a bus driving around with "Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives" emblazoned on the side,

Sounds like a Special Circumstances ship.
by ShuRugal
Sat May 27, 2017 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"
Replies: 13
Views: 2509

Re: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"

I'm still waiting to see how the bird is gonna take out one of these....

My Raptor can be repaired, how about theirs?
by ShuRugal
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14729

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

They do, or at least, my five year old did last year. It was a personal moment of nerd pride because I got to reinforce the "air is blue but you can't tell if there's not a lot of it" idea using Mountain Dew: So, you gave your child an answer which is well and truly proven to be wrong (ai...
by ShuRugal
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14729

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

what material is the prism made of? Ordinary window glass. Well, that doesn't narrow it down much. Your prism is most likely colorless or green, but could be carrying tints of a number of other colors depending on the manufacturing process used and the impurities in the glass. It could be a straw-y...
by ShuRugal
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14729

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

ucim wrote:What color is a prism?

Jose


what material is the prism made of?
by ShuRugal
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14729

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

One128 wrote:<snip>



goddamn i wish i could gild this post.
by ShuRugal
Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14729

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Yes, yes, YES! - It's one of my pet explanations/peeves (and I'm a physicist...). I have no idea how the blue sky got this special-explanation status. Perhaps because the color of air is, in fact, none? The sky has a nearly unique mechanism for determining what color it will be, and it changes depe...
by ShuRugal
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1776: "Reindeer"
Replies: 32
Views: 4920

Re: 1776: Reindeer

Is this new, associating Santa Claus with Odin? (Sleipnir is Odin's steed) Most theories I have heard that connect Santa with Norse mythology associate Santa with Thor, whose chariot is pulled by a pair of goats. Well, Jim Butcher has been doing it for years, and he is pretty good about doing his m...
by ShuRugal
Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 7298

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

The ability (or probability) of a cat to produce something I would call a "deep puncture wound" is what I'm doubting. All the cat bites I remember ever getting never amounted to more than a few pinpricks (if that), or like, being poked (not stabbed) with a not-especially-sharp knife. Mayb...
by ShuRugal
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"
Replies: 13
Views: 3696

Re: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"

Hello, I am a fan of Terry Pratchet, and I approve this message.
by ShuRugal
Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 13976

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

If you wolf-whistle at someone to get their attention (something that's not at all remarkable over here), is that likely to be misconstrued as sexual harassment in the US? Pretty much everything is likely to be misconstrued as sexual harassment in the US. This goes double for the US Armed Forces. I...
by ShuRugal
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19814

Re: 1761: "Blame"

The Great Hippo wrote:You clearly realize that you can vote for someone other than Clinton or Trump; doesn't your family realize that?.


Most of America doesn't realize this. That's how we ended up with one monster elected to the presidency, and another came in second.
by ShuRugal
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall, get out of my Wolfram Alpha!
Replies: 0
Views: 4750

Randall, get out of my Wolfram Alpha!

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by ShuRugal
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 10948

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Sell it to a company that wants a prebuilt data centre that doesn't have to be state of the art, or start ripping out the old kit to work on replacing the other data center in 5 years time. Or rip out the old kit and sell the hard drives on Amazon/Newegg/eBay as "new" with a steep discoun...
by ShuRugal
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 10948

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

In the scenario in the first panel: OK, so maybe RAID is pointless because of higher-level redundancy between different machines, but if it comes down to buying a new machine, or buying a new HD, how is buying the new machine actually more efficient? If the drive is internal to the machine, you hav...
by ShuRugal
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 26743

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Likewise with the possessive pronouns, particularly 'Our'. If the person I am speaking with and myself share an acquaintance called Kelly and my sister is also called Kelly then I could say 'Our Kelly was out last night.' this construction would mean I was talking about my sister. If I said 'Kelly ...
by ShuRugal
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 26743

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Protip: Read the entirety of what you quote next time. In my edit I explicitly clarified that I'm not saying all perceptions of speech patterns ultimately come down to race. Cool. Glad to have the clarification. (Also, as mentioned, you're factually wrong about British history. There have always be...
by ShuRugal
Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 26743

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I was wondering when we'd get the "it's just class not race" position in here. As usual, that position is simplistic and wrong. The perception of how people speak (such as whether they have an accent and whether they use correct grammar) is correlated with the perception of race, independ...
by ShuRugal
Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 26743

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I was wondering when we'd get the "it's just class not race" position in here. As usual, that position is simplistic and wrong. The perception of how people speak (such as whether they have an accent and whether they use correct grammar) is correlated with the perception of race, independ...
by ShuRugal
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 26743

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

..., grammar is about having a meaningful structure to language for clear communication. Edit: or what ShuRugal said. Going from "racists can cloak their racism in grammatical objections" to "caring about grammar is racist" is absurd. So, what you're saying is that everyone shou...
by ShuRugal
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 26743

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

So apparently the ability to speak and write at a (public) high school level is indicative of race or social class. I would have thought it to be intelligence or effort, unless he's saying those things are related somehow? Maybe because those style guides are usually based on the customs of the upp...
by ShuRugal
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1725: "Linear Regression"
Replies: 27
Views: 6352

Re: 1725: "Linear Regression"

da Doctah wrote:That's not Rexthor at all. It's Arrrrrgus, the Pirate, and what you're calling his dog, cat, teapot, etc is Poliwanacrackus, the Parrot.


NO! It is Shiiingus, the ninja! He is holding the head and spinal column he has just cut from your unsuspecting corpse!
by ShuRugal
Thu May 19, 2016 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1682: "Bun"
Replies: 57
Views: 8674

Re: 1682: "Bun"

I held a king-bun in my hands the other day. It was in the loading dock behind my company HQ. I moved it to the field across the road so it wouldn't get squished by a car. Instead it probably got eaten by the pair of kestrels which I have seen here recently. I feel that I have done my civic duty to ...
by ShuRugal
Fri May 06, 2016 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 13191

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

So what, with equipment and knowledge easily available to, say, a high school science teacher, could be done to debunk the idea that contrails are not mainly water droplets, whose prevalence is a function of weather conditions (as opposed to masses of chemical tubing hidden in jetliners), other tha...
by ShuRugal
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 27245

Re: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"

And your last bit shows the problem with your first bit. The entire point of the radar detection capability in an anti-radiation missile (even more so in an ECM pod) is to detect the source of the radiation from far outside the detection range of the emitter. Ideally far enough outside that you can...
by ShuRugal
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:30 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 34680

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

tagno25 wrote:And an alternate option is LOTS of solar panels powering a bulb, or spark ignition source, but that is off topic.


durnit, I can here to suggest a collector/boiler assembly (using alcohol as the working fluid) to run a steam turbine to power a heating element...

but noooo, you had to ninja me.
by ShuRugal
Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 6864

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

important question: is this stack physical, or virtual? If it's virtual (as suggested by the inclusion of a minecraft-constructed CPU), what horrors are held by the physical?
by ShuRugal
Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1630: "Quadcopter"
Replies: 34
Views: 5484

Re: 1630: "Quadcopter"

RogueCynic wrote:Please tell me someone is working on self-piloting quadcoptors. Also, why are none of my passwords working?


working on? they've been available for years...
by ShuRugal
Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 19546

Re: 1527: "Humans"

The fact that since the original film the fossil evidence has shown that Velociraptors were actually feathered "bird type" dinosaurs, instead of the scaled "lizard type". However, the film-makers have insisted on keeping them as the scaled "lizard type" in the movie as...
by ShuRugal
Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0332: "Gyroscopes"
Replies: 107
Views: 21474

Re: 0332: "Gyroscopes"

eyytee wrote:Sure, the issue isn't the attitude control but the tilting of the helicopter.


that's what attitude means...
by ShuRugal
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1626: "Judgment Day"
Replies: 63
Views: 8613

Re: 1626: "Judgment Day"

I found the rollover text more intriguing than the main subject of the comic. It got me thinking, what wold be the requirements of a rocket to achieve same-day lunar delivery? If this post begins to ramble, please forgive me. I am going to tackle this question using this post as my scratch-work pag...
by ShuRugal
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1627: "Woosh"
Replies: 26
Views: 5834

Re: 1627: "Woosh"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/woosh.png Title text: "It also occasionally replies with 'Comment of the year', 'Are you for real', and 'I'm taking a screenshot so I can remember this moment forever'." Usually I find xkcd's in-jokes funny, but this one went over my head. Woosh Swoosh Sploosh
by ShuRugal
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1626: "Judgment Day"
Replies: 63
Views: 8613

Re: 1626: "Judgment Day"

I found the rollover text more intriguing than the main subject of the comic. It got me thinking, what wold be the requirements of a rocket to achieve same-day lunar delivery? If this post begins to ramble, please forgive me. I am going to tackle this question using this post as my scratch-work page...
by ShuRugal
Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0332: "Gyroscopes"
Replies: 107
Views: 21474

Re: 0332: "Gyroscopes"

I had a quick look into Randall's new book, "Thing Explainer". It seems like his explanation of how a helicopter tilts forward (generate more lift at the rear) would actually tilt it to the side. For the correct explanation watch the youtube video titled: Helicopter Physics Series - #4 Th...
by ShuRugal
Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 6967

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

Assuming "click click" means she turned it two spaces, and assuming she remembers this and turned it two spaces, guessing which way it went, and since it is now on chimneys, since everyone knows that is the case, then the true setting before this event is actually bathroom mirror, or toil...
by ShuRugal
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 107
Views: 68860

Re: What If updates are temporarily on hold

wagga wrote:I, too would love to see "What If" frequently updated. It may be my fault - I submitted a question regarding skiing in Cairns, Australia. It may be that Randall has fleets of supercomputers tied up doing the calculations.


Just so long as you didn't ask it to make tea....
by ShuRugal
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 32692

Re: 1534: "Beer"

It kind of bothers me that there are some people who legitimately can't understand how someone else might enjoy something that they don't. My father is one of these people. He's so bad about it that at one point he thought I was gay because I was willing to drive five hours to hang out with my best...
by ShuRugal
Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 13723

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

A few years ago, my family flew to California for vacation. At baggage claim, we thought we saw somebody take my brother's bag off the carousel, but figured it must have been a bag just like it (because it was black and there are a kajillion black luggage pieces). We waited through the whole baggag...
by ShuRugal
Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0128: "Zippo Phone"
Replies: 24
Views: 9827

Re: What-If 0128: "Zippo Phone"

Anybody else think he missed a perfect opportunity to nest footnotes within footnotes with items 1, 2, 3 and 4? They aren't footnotes because they aren't at the foot of anything, but other than that, yes, I thought the same thing. And this isn't a forum, because it isn't a place outside. and this i...

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