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by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710238

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

But assuming it would magically teleport in and out of the black hole? (or I can just read my watch by telepathy, same thing really) No. You're saying, "Assuming you could break Relativity, what does Relativity predict would happen?" Which is a nonsense question. Doogly's first sentence i...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710238

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

You cannot pull something out of a black hole. That is their entire deal. But assuming it would magically teleport in and out of the black hole? (or I can just read my watch by telepathy, same thing really) Xanthir says no time would have passed, you say the watch would just read (more or less) 1 y...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710238

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Another question popped up in my mind. I don't know if the answer to this one would be known: how does time pass in a black hole? Let's say I have an indestructable watch. If needed it can be just a single molecule, atom of whatever size needed. All that matters is I can tell the time from it. And I...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710238

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

The speed of light is not constant. It is only constant in a vacuum. In materials, the phase, group, and front velocities are typically (but not always) less than c . Only the information-carrying precursor travels at exactly c . Thanks! (runs off to find a box to store unwanted leftover photons an...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2949
Views: 710238

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Since photons travel at the speed of light and the speed of light is constant, is it possible that photons actually have a really short half-life? I mean: as long as they travel at the speed of light, time does not affect them (from our point of view, to the photon it's us who are frozen) so they ke...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "correct horse battery staple" file hashing for linux!
Replies: 1
Views: 1885

Re: "correct horse battery staple" file hashing for linux!

Version 1.1 is out! (I doubt anyone cares though :P) You can now load your own dictionary and generate random gibberish. (passphrase creation) BUGFIX: Word 2030 could theoretically be selected but wouldn't exist. All existing hashes change because of this! Feature: Option to load external dictionary...
by W3ird_N3rd
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Keeping Your Nose Clean
Replies: 12
Views: 4150

Re: Keeping Your Nose Clean

How do you? There's the obvious tissues. Bathroom or facial? Avoid getting it stuffed up to begin with? Just wait until you sneeze? Head under bath water? Common or unique techniques, anyone? Aquarium pump (but also read the title): https://xkcd.com/1157/ But just responding to the topic title: if ...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Madness lexicon 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 8706

Re: Madnethth Necrotelicomnicon 2015

You should go to the Shades - there'th an entire list of words posted in one of the threads you could thkim down. No access. It would appear I could request access, but I'm not sure where or how. At some point I start wondering what I actually wrote.. It's just.. Note to self: don't go crazy. edit:...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Madness lexicon 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 8706

Re: Madnethth Necrotelicomnicon 2015

There are many things that change things to other things in effect that haven't been discovered reliably yet. Mainly because it kind of feels that using golems to find them is cheating. What just occured to me is that you were probably talking about fully automated spiders, something I didn't actua...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Madness lexicon 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 8706

Re: Madnethth Necrotelicomnicon 2015

There are many things that change things to other things in effect that haven't been discovered reliably yet. Mainly because it kind of feels that using golems to find them is cheating. I always cheat. I don't care about the game, I want to know how it works. Still a lot of hand-work though. despis...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Madness lexicon 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 8706

Re: Madnethth lexicon 2015

Attempting to overcome the cheesegraters is generally a good way to make thingth worse/better. Teh Watch has spoken. I just cheat. Found the following that way, but only stra.nge (particularly peculiar) and substitut.ion (thubthtitution) were new: broken > broken (but possibly mended) earth > Disc ...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90173
Views: 9105885

Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

The Disc, btw? (been inactive for a long time) The Madnethth is upon us. thith year it concerns a certain well known and muahaha!!!!! Well that explains all the th. If it was me at the buttons, I'd simply swap out every "yes" and "no". Perhaps girl/boy and woman/man as well. Wou...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90173
Views: 9105885

Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

They say time heals all wounds. I'll happily assume that to be true. They say all pain will fade with time. Won't question that. But here's the dilemma: what if it's time itself that's hurting? No matter how long you wait or how far you run, time doesn't just go away. :| ethpecially given the theme...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90173
Views: 9105885

Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

They say time heals all wounds. I'll happily assume that to be true. They say all pain will fade with time. Won't question that.

But here's the dilemma: what if it's time itself that's hurting? No matter how long you wait or how far you run, time doesn't just go away. :|
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: how to communicate under heavy targeted surveillance
Replies: 13
Views: 8348

Re: how to communicate under heavy targeted surveillance

Does anyone have a more reasonable idea how to communicate securely under extreme surveillance? Is it just straight up impossible to do when directly targeted? Well nothing is impossible.. Just for fun, lets assume the surveillance is so extreme Alice couldn't even trust her own mother or any elect...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "correct horse battery staple" file hashing for linux!
Replies: 1
Views: 1885

"correct horse battery staple" file hashing for linux!

While thinking about https://xkcd.com/936/ I wondered: "why can't I have file hashes like that?" I just hate it when I'm staring at several displays/windows trying to figure out if 343160f075 is the same as 138fe1ecce. Undoubtedly it already exists (and I'm sure I will be pointed at that n...
by W3ird_N3rd
Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8668
Views: 1799476

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

svenman, rats. My room is worse. How do you get the fonts of your text to synch up so nicely with what XKCD uses? I usually search for another comic that contains the words I need. Hint: when you google <keyword> site:xkcd.com you often get it. The source of each comic contains all the words in plai...
by W3ird_N3rd
Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8668
Views: 1799476

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Alt-text: Secretly you know you want it.
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by W3ird_N3rd
Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 43698

Re: 1256: "Questions"

In school I was taught that matter would just sort of fall apart at the seams if we could ever get it to absolute zero (0°K). Not sure if it's actually true though. Since we can't get to absolute zero, I guess the statement is vacously true . I'm now careful to try and not say any more stupid thing...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 43698

Re: 1256: "Questions"

I don't even know what that means. I should have worked harder in school. I've always merely had the simple idea that particles were vibrating: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/Thermally_Agitated_Molecule.gif And with no heat sources, they would be stationary or at 0 K. Is what I ...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 43698

Re: 1256: "Questions"

But you can't really answer "why" questions with science, of course, only change to a different "why" question. Part of the problem with "why" questions is that there are two meanings of the English "why": "what for" (i.e., what purpose does this se...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 43698

Re: 1256: "Questions"

0K is "the standard temperature" in a different sense that it is our reference temperature. It is the temperature which is not relative to anything; it is the limit of coldness. But in any universe which has anything happening in it at all, nothing can actually be that temperature; as soo...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 43698

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Q: Why is outer space so cold? A: The "standard" temperature is 0 kelvin or −273.15 °C (−459.67 °F). Earth is warmer because we get radiation (energy) from the sun and heat that radiates from the (very hot) core of earth. In outer space you get less of that, depending on where exactly you...
by W3ird_N3rd
Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 43698

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Try seeing how many of them you can answer. A surprising number are actually valid questions. It's actually tempting to try and answer them all. But it would cost me quite some time and I don't think anyone would terribly care. Oh well, I'll do a few anyway. Q: Why is NASA shutting down? A: Because...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1248: "Sphere"
Replies: 78
Views: 18236

Re: 1248: "Sphere"

I'm not trapped. I can leave any time I want.

squonk wrote:Nobody is trapped on the surface of a sphere. We are all free to dig into it as far as we like.

The record is 12 kilometers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kola_Superdeep_Borehole) and squishy meatbags can't survive even that little.
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 22487

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

"B-flat at 194 decibels"

I wonder how many people in this thread were aware B-flat makes alligators horny. (ask Penn and Teller, I'm not making this up)

I could see how having B-flat at 194 decibels for a ringtone could be a problem.
by W3ird_N3rd
Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8668
Views: 1799476

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Alt text: all bricks should be on a leash.

http://xkcd.com/413/
http://xkcd.com/1240/
by W3ird_N3rd
Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is there a way to time-lock an actual, physical gift box?
Replies: 12
Views: 5349

Re: Is there a way to time-lock an actual, physical gift box

I'd love to hear your take on the idea and possible ways to implement it. Thanks! I have actually thought about something like this, but for a slightly different purpose. I wanted to give someone money, a large sum spread out over a number of years. I also wanted this to be a surprise for the recip...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 19088

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

Absolutely impossible to figure out why the hell we did that when you don't know our technology. Nonsense. Alien internal combustion engineers wouldn't have a clue but alien broadcast electronics engineers would have lots of ideas. They would record the signal then proceed through existing and hist...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 42937

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

I agree that "everything had more meaning in the past, modern youth has no morals" is in fact a fallacy. However, these articles mostly talk about the increased speed of life and business, and they are all written after the industrial revolution. The fact that life kept on getting faster ...
by W3ird_N3rd
Sun May 19, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 19088

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

I am missing an arrow that says "you are here". :( And where's Hitler? I've heard he was rather popular in the radiowaves and all. Serious question: So if a person travels FTL to the destination star system to apologize in advance for a broadcast they haven't received yet - does that imply...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 40266

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

If they'd asked whether all humans are equal in dignity and rights , then not only could I have honestly answered in the affirmative, but the link to the UDHR would have been relevant. I agree. If you assemble a bunch of airconditioners and one of them is missing a bunch of screws, it may not be wo...
by W3ird_N3rd
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 40266

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

jupiter is a gas giant, it has no surface to go to. boys and girls have made a poor decision On earth, you can put some sulfur hexafluoride, a very dense colorless gas, in a container and make a tinfoil boat float on it (like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzLX96VWTkc). So given the right materials...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 61630

Re: 1196: "Subways"

I don't understand. I don't see a single subway on the map.

Now I want a sandwich.
by W3ird_N3rd
Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1177: "Time Robot"
Replies: 51
Views: 10835

Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

J L wrote:I really liked the title text, even the caps. The idea of course is an old one, but the wording is really beautiful. Am I missing a quote? If not, well done, Randall.

No fate but what we make for ourselves.
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 33729

Re: 1173: Steriods

I'd offer one or two quick reasons why alcohol is often treated differently from other drugs: 1. Tradition, since it was discovered and became commonly available early in history--and even before. As soon as fermenting grain/fruit juices were noted by proto-farmers. 2. (likely related to the above ...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 33729

Re: 1173: Steriods

It's possible, but can basically only be achieved through your heart. Alcohol can either get you in a coma or tear down you liver. I don't really see how that's relevant. Are you saying longterm cocaine use does not have detrimental effects aside from eating away at your nose? The question was &quo...
by W3ird_N3rd
Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 33729

Re: 1173: Steriods

You seem to be ignoring the additivity of each drug. I'm not saying that it disproves your point, but there's more to it than just how much you can take before you die. You should compare as well the chance that once you try a drug, you'll continue using it, and changes in behaviour after either of...
by W3ird_N3rd
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 33729

Re: 1173: Steriods

With cocaine, in order to die you need to either combine it with other drugs or use heavily for an extended period of time and have a weak heart or perform hard labour (increased heart rate) under influence, which could result in arrhythmia and eventually a heart attack. Are you implying that it is...
by W3ird_N3rd
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 33729

Re: 1173: Steriods

The story about the rats? I heard that from a speaker at a conference years ago, but this links describes it: http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/2011/01/05/drug-abuse-and-rat-playgrounds/ The experiment the link talks about is only about morphine, no cocaine, but that doesn't change much for the...

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