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by Kaiman
Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:48 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"
Replies: 52
Views: 37658

Re: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"

6 miles in a day? Are we talking about a bunch of geriatrics?
by Kaiman
Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:30 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"
Replies: 43
Views: 37824

Re: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"

The real question is what count as a "war movie". Does it just have to be set during the war? Actually involve something about the war in the plot (i.e. Casablanca)? Or does it have to include actually fighting, or even be *about* the actual fighting. And if it has to be about the actual w...
by Kaiman
Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0099: "Starlings"
Replies: 30
Views: 8958

Re: What-If 0099: "Starlings"

The gravitational force between adjacent starlings is small. If two birds were flying half a meter apart and tried to go perfectly straight, they would fly for over a thousand kilometers before the gravitational force between them finally steered them into colliding I'm sure this sentence was inten...
by Kaiman
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"
Replies: 77
Views: 23294

Re: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"

The sun is one of the meltiest things around, huh? That should be a word. Meltiness should be too - could even be a physics quantity / characteristic.

Also, how would one pronounce megameters? MEH-guh-mee-ters? Or Meh-GAM-uh-ters?
by Kaiman
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 43141

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

If you want to slow down a one-ton car by radiation pressure, your radar gun would need to deliver about two trillion joules worth of radiation—the energy of a small nuclear weapon. This doesn't seem right. The energy required to slow an object at a given mass & velocity is not dependent on the...
by Kaiman
Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:08 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 15416

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

What I want to know is how the ~ key is equivalent to "delete"... Disclaimer: Before any olympic gold medal winners or chess world champions on this forum jump me because becoming either is harder than becoming an eye surgeon or a NASA engineer, I realize that this is the case. I just want...
by Kaiman
Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 19645

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

Isn't the whole thing assuming that 100% of the volume of a soda / soft drink is water? You could, if you wished, just call them all Eukaryote and go around telling everyone that animals are really just protists. Exactly. As one paleontologist said at a Ted talk "Birds are dinosaurs. You might ...
by Kaiman
Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:20 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 39342

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

Sometimes I'd rather have the old multiple key press version than T9, since at least you can just hit the keys accurately and know exactly what you typed. We reserved seats at a secret Starcraft fest. I'd say that uses the right hand twice - once to hit SHIFT for the W and once to hit SHIFT for the ...
by Kaiman
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:26 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 28880

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

Those bracketed footnotes seriously need to open a new tabs rather than surprise renavigating your current tab.
by Kaiman
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:20 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0028: "Steak Drop"
Replies: 82
Views: 57507

Re: What-If 0028: "Steak Drop"

As far as I know, this steak question originally came up in a lengthy 4chan thread, which quickly disintegrated into poorly-informed physics tirades intermixed with homophobic slurs. There was no clear conclusion. "poorly-informed tirades mixed with homophobic slurs" - isn't that every 4c...
by Kaiman
Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0003: "Yoda"
Replies: 122
Views: 80505

Re: What-If 0003: Yoda

If the cost of the energy is zero wouldn't that mean creating an infinite amount would be possible? At which point Jedi master could actually be able to accelerate something to the speed of light.


Potentially limitness, but never actually infinite.
by Kaiman
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:22 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0003: "Yoda"
Replies: 122
Views: 80505

Re: What-If 0003: Yoda

The most underrated part of this analysis is that it correctly estimated Yoda and Palpatine as having similar power levels.
by Kaiman
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 45154

Re: 1056: "Felidae"

I'm pretty sure you're both right. Of course I haven't checked...


When the Germans encountered this problem, they solved it by naming their next iteration... the mouse.


Both of these comments deserved some extra LOLs.
by Kaiman
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 121155

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

This is why the movie Eraser is totally bunk. That bullet would have obliterated entire city blocks. A careful reading of official Major League Baseball Rule 6.08(b) suggests that in this situation, the batter would be considered "hit by pitch", and would be eligible to advance to first ba...
by Kaiman
Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 107153

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

While Watson thrashed Ken (and Brad) on the first day of the two-day total points affair, Ken kept the scores close enough on the second day that, had the two been scored separately, Watson would have been required to get Final correct. Since they had to build a whole separate studio in the IBM fac...
by Kaiman
Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 45154

Re: 1056: "Felidae"

This comic missed that black jaguars and leopards can also be called panthers.
by Kaiman
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1076: "Groundhog Day"
Replies: 107
Views: 26117

Re: 1076: "Groundhog Day"

I'm surprised this thread hasn't turned into an argument over the possibility of completing an infinite task.
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 249628

Re: Board games anyone?

There's a lot of arguing on the best "simple game". Simple for me. It's The Resistance. You are all in the resistance, but some of you (less than half) are secretly government agents pretending to be in the resistance. You have 5 missions to perform sequentially, each of which has a differ...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dota 2 : Dota Harder
Replies: 339
Views: 115508

Re: Dota 2 Beta

DotA IS a real-time strategy game. Arguing that it's tactical and not strategic is silly for two reasons. One, even though DotA is tactical and not strategy by the narrow nitpicking definition, most people aren't using the right military definitions of strategy and tactics anyway. Two, "strateg...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Why does the alt-text disappear after a few seconds
Replies: 3
Views: 2143

Why does the alt-text disappear after a few seconds

Even with no mouse movement whatsoever, the alt-text disappears after about 6 seconds, without fail. And it can't be just my computer or mouse or browser unless there are gremlins following me around, because it's been true of every single place I've ever accessed xkcd from. Why not just have it sta...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 35422

Re: 0951: "Working"

I doubt zoning is the problem Houston, TX has no zoning whatsoever, and people build things where it's naturally best to build them anyway. The result is one of the best real estate markets in the country, but it doesn't make the city any less dense - Houston is very spread out. The problem with alm...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 36356

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

The problem here is the person asking the question is just being an ass with amibguity.

"Communicating badly and then acting smug when you're misunderstood is not cleverness."
~Randall Munroe
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 31613

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

The categorical imperative is right.

The hotel-reviewing liar is wrong.
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 40321

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

http://www.debunking911.com/questions.htm
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: League of Legends
Replies: 4402
Views: 635190

Re: League of Legends

Does anyone here play it? It's based on DotA, and a couple of people who were involved with DotA are also heavily involved in this project (Guinsoo and Pendragon). I've been playing the beta quite a bit over the last few weeks, and I have to say it's a really good game, and will probably be better ...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 24795

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

It sounds like a punishing tax


That's every tax.
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25127

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

This comic is proof that Randall is American and not European.
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64723

Re: 0988: "Tradition"

I wonder what impact the war had on the need to celebrate family and religion. Apparently none, since only 1 of those 20 songs has anything to do with religion or the Biblical Christmas story or any similar theme (and even then, it's just a made-up tale that happens to involve baby Jesus in it). Al...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 37664

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

They're in line waiting for the 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace...except that they're the only ones there, because everyone hates Phantom Menace. Win. All three prequels were objectively terrible films. redlettermedia's review of the prequels on youtube is highly worth the watch, whether you li...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 315194

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

The math is about the difference between (say) 8 random alpha-numeric-punctuation characters (with case) (52 alpha, 10 numeric, 10 punctuation = 72 options per character, or ~6 bits per character) and what people actually do (pick a not all that rare word, and do simple substitutions, like 0 for o ...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 65223

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

I fondly remember one of my math teachers giving us a mnemonic for sine cosine and tangent as "Some Old Hippie Caught Another Hippie Tripping On Acid." As a math tutor, I can vouch that this IS the best way to remember it. Saying "Sohcahtoa" as one long word isn't nearly as effe...
by Kaiman
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 22638

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

in North America, they're all names for the same species


Not true. "Panther" refers to any black-colored big cat and isn't even species-specific.

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