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by ShuRugal
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"
Replies: 13
Views: 4321

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: 16701

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: 23604

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: 5034

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: 12858

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: 12858

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: 31353

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: 31353

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: 31353

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: 31353

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: 31353

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: 31353

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: 7141

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: 9712

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: 14583

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: 29513

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: 40234

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: 7720

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: 5855

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: 20930

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: 22651

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: 9688

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: 6485

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: 9688

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: 22651

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: 7872

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: 116
Views: 86828

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: 36716

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: 14787

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: 10356

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...
by ShuRugal
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:29 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 20458

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

Full Definition of WHIPLASH 1 : the lash of a whip 2 : something resembling a blow from a whip <the whiplash of fear — R. S. Banay> A sampling of results for google search of "whiplash victim": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBmuIzo5hP8 http://www.itv.com/news/story/2012-12-11/whiplash-c...
by ShuRugal
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:02 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 20458

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

GuesssWho wrote:
speising wrote:sounds like an excellent way to be the first whiplash victim.

This :D


Merriam-Webster wrote:Whiplash: injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck from the rear by another vehicle)



ahem.
by ShuRugal
Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1471: "Gut Fauna"
Replies: 61
Views: 14608

Re: 1471: "Gut Fauna"

BlitzGirl wrote:Instead of bacteria, digestive tract contained bobcat.

Would not convert carbohydrates into short-chain fatty acids again.


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by ShuRugal
Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 16413

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

Isn't a swipe keyboard just the cursive of texting, though? Hell no. The biggest difference is that as long as your swipe trail goes over enough of the letters in the word you want typed (and does so in the right order), the output is exactly the same. A sloppy pen makes for illegible cursive. A sl...
by ShuRugal
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1402: "Harpoons"
Replies: 41
Views: 20300

Re: 1402: "Harpoons"

Do we have the capacity to fire harpoons from the ground to (some definition of) space? The problem with firing things from the ground is that you do all the acceleration where the atmosphere is the most dense: Your harpoon would have to have enough velocity to overcome the ridiculous aerodynamic d...
by ShuRugal
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"
Replies: 44
Views: 10620

Re: What-If 107: "Letter to Mom"

Those are very good points, Pfhorrest. Although it is worth noting that when using USPS, you only use half an hour each way to get there, and USPS does the rest for you--if you drive yourself, that's 12 hours of your own time . When i worked in an eBay store, it always astonished me the number of p...
by ShuRugal
Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:36 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 29513

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

Perhaps if there is a grain of truth to it it would be the SkyShadow pod putting out an active signal which could have confused the radar gun into shutting down without actually detecting it. that's reasonable. At close enough range, an ECM pod broadcasting a general CW confusion program could indu...
by ShuRugal
Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:38 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 29513

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

And this is a "What If" thread, after all, so I'm also wondering (aloud) under what narrow conditions it could be possible. This map of UK military airspace (PDF) shows TB7 passing over (and aligned with) the stretch of road described . At the northern end is RAF Leuchars, which was home ...
by ShuRugal
Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:08 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 39633

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

No, I wasn't serious at all. very glad to hear it. Obviously, you don't do it that way. We would use nuclear energy to push our rockets. How else are we going to move all those nuclear power plants into space? And then we have plenty of energy available to dump the waste into the sun where it can n...
by ShuRugal
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 33421

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

so, i just looked up j1748-2446ad. According to wikipedia, the linear velocity of the equator is ~0.24c.

that's fucking insane, how the hell does inertia not rip that star apart? the gravity field strength must be obscene, even by the standards of neutron stars.

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